New MLAs in party, Goa BJP holds ‘bonding session’ with lessons
A two-day camp organised by the BJP in Goa over Friday and Saturday to bring “all BJP MLAs together” saw many legislators, including the 12 who recently switched over from the Congress, getting an introduction to the party’s ideology along with special sessions to discuss the party’s stand and legal viewpoints on Article 370 and the law against instant triple talaq, among others. In separate sessions, Mumbai-based psychiatrist Harish Shetty held a workshop on stress management, while advocate and senior party leader Nalin Kohli conducted legal briefings.
With the Assembly session having ended last week, this was the first exercise conducted by the party for all its MLAs as they look to start “a new governance chapter”, Vinay Tendulkar, MP and state BJP leader, said. Tendulkar said, “For 12 MLAs who joined us, this was new. They said they had never had meetings beyond half-an-hour in the Congress. But here, they were in a two-day camp, discussing every detail threadbare. That itself is an introduction to how the BJP works.”