- Hanzel Fernandes is a carpenter like his father
- He works in his carpentry shop in Benaulim, where he won the polls
- He was inspired by activists who fought for Goa’s missing green
The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) plans for Goa have just been scrutinized by a quiet 26-year-old with no political connections. Hanzel Fernandes has won AAP its first election in the coastal state, which is key to the party’s national dreams. Although it is a local election, AAP boss Arvind Kejriwal said it was “just the beginning”.
After being completely washed out in the initial elections in 2017, AAP plans to contest the next state polls in 2022.
Hanzel Fernandes’ phone hasn’t stopped ringing since his victory. “This is a change that was necessary and it’s good that people decided to make a change. We didn’t make any false promises. Our promises are being fulfilled. Just give us time and we will,” said he told reporters this afternoon.
“This is just the stepping stone where we only won one seat. But now we’re going to get up. And we’re going to win all the seats and do a lot of good work with it, not by destroying our beautiful condition.” But by making the best use of Goa’s development, “he said.
Fernandes, the son of a carpenter, followed in his father’s footsteps and entered his profession. But his mother, an environmental activist, invests more in his political career.
“It was an uphill battle. It was a battle between big parties that already have a name, and this is just an emerging party emerging in the state. A youth with no political background has won the trust of voters, and that’s one immense success. I am very proud as a mother. I am glad that you voted for him with no money or bribe offered, “Geraldine Fernandes told NDTV.
Ms. Fernandes says her son’s focus will be on bringing clean government to Goa through AAP. “We can have a clean government and protect whatever is left, especially our environment, the waters, the fields that are so important to every Goan.”
There have recently been protests in Goa against coal mining and other infrastructure projects that environmentalists claim are causing irreparable damage to the state.
Hanzel Fernandes works in his carpentry shop in Benaulim, where he won the district polls. He never intended to join politics.
He was inspired by environmental activists who fought for Goa’s vanishing green. When AAP started advertising in the state, he gave his support. When the party needed a capable OBC candidate, despite his political inexperience, he became a natural choice. Everything changed when some AAP leaders walked into his workshop one day, met him and his mother and offered to make him a candidate.
Goa’s ruling BJP made big wins in the elections in Zila Panchayat or the district, winning 32 out of 49 seats, while the opposition congress only managed four. Hanzel Fernandes AAP won its only seat in Benaulim in South Goa.
With Congress whirling around the state, AAP sees an opportunity and has more than a year to prepare.
The leaders in Delhi say the young Fernandes strengthened the party’s base and gave them hope to repeat their success in Delhi.
AAP also announced today that it will hold elections in Uttar Pradesh. While UP, India’s most politically important state, has big stakes, Goa appears to be a more realistic destination for the party.
Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, said: “The people of Delhi only gave AAP a chance once and today they love the party so much that they have forgotten all the other parties. They are also giving the Aam Aadmi party a chance. “
Hanzel Fernandes says: “People voted for me because they saw a young person enter the political arena and offer an alternative policy that goes beyond what the state has seen so far from the BJP and Congress.”