Former Siolim block Congress committee president Danny Fernandes and 26-year-old building contractor Vivan Raikar from Chinchinim joined the party on Thursday. Fernandes said he had quit the Congress because he felt that the aam admi government led by Digambar Kamat was not protecting the interests of the common man. Stating that he had been affiliated to the party for the last 10 years.
Raikar, speaking to the media, said that he would contest the assembly elections from Velim constituency on the BJP ticket if the party allotted it to him, but added that he had not been given any such assurance. Raikar said he was into social work and worked with the youth on several local issues. He added that he always had a strong desire to do something worthwhile, and thus decided to join the BJP as a platform for his social work.