Make MGP's Arolkar a minister, demands Bhandari community outfit

GBS would submit a memorandum to the CM on Tuesday.
MGP MLA from Mandrem Jeet Arolkar
MGP MLA from Mandrem Jeet Arolkar

The influential Gomantak Bhandari Samaj in Goa on Monday demanded a ministerial berth for someone from the community in the Pramod Sawant government.

GBS president Ashok Naik told reporters the BJP had failed to give representation to the community in north Goa, adding that it should make MGP MLA Jeet Arolkar a minister when the cabinet is expanded.

Naik thanked BJP for giving representation to community members Ravi Naik (Ponda) and Subhash Shirodkar (Shiroda) in the cabinet.

He said the GBS would submit a memorandum to the CM on Tuesday.

"The Bhandari community is the largest in the Mandrem constituency. Former MLAs have been given ministerial posts till date. Today, MGP MLA Jeet Arolkar was elected from Mandrem, so Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant should give him the post of Minister," Praveen Vaigankar, Panch, Harmal Panchayat, said.

The Bhandaris are an influential community in the state comprising 60 per cent of the Other Backward Classes segment.

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