- Hanzel Fernandes is a carpenter by profession like his father
- He works from his carpentry shop in Benaulim, where he won the votes
- He was inspired by activists fighting for the disappearing greenery of Goa
The plans of the Aam Aadmi (AAP) party for Goa have recently calmed down from a quiet 26-year-old with no political connections. Hanzel Fernandes won AAP his first election in the coastal state, which is key to the party’s national dreams. Although it is about electing a local body, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said it is “just the beginning”.
After its complete wash in its debut election in 2017, AAP plans to contest the next state elections in 2022.
Hanzel Fernandes’s phone has not stopped ringing since his victory. “This was a necessary change and it’s good that people decided to make a change. We didn’t make false promises. Our promises will be fulfilled. Just give us time and we will make it,” he told reporters this afternoon. .
“This is just the step where we have won only one seat. But now we will rise. And we will win all the seats and with that we will do a lot of good work, not destroying our beautiful state. But ensuring the best development advantage in Goa. , “he said.
Son of a carpenter, Fernandes followed in his father’s footsteps and joined his craft. But his mother, a media activist, is investing more in her political career.
“It was a difficult battle. It was a battle between big parties that already have a name and this is just a budding party coming into the state. A young man without a political background has won the trust of the voters and that is a huge success. I I am very proud as mother .I’m happy they voted for him with no money or bribe offered, “Geraldine Fernandes told NDTV.
Ms Fernandes says her son’s focus will be on providing a clean government to Goa through AAP. “We can have a clean government and we can protect everything left, especially our environment, the water bodies, the fields that are so important to every Goan.”
Goa has recently seen protests over coal mining and other infrastructure projects that environmentalists say are damaging the state without repair.
Hanzel Fernandes works from his carpentry workshop in Benaulim, where he won the district authority’s investigations. He never planned to tie politics.
He was inspired by environmental activists fighting for the disappearing greenery of Goa. When AAP started a campaign in the state, he gave his support. When the party needed a capable OBC candidate, he became the natural choice despite his political inexperience. Everything changed when some AAP leaders came into his workplace one day, met him and his mother and offered to make him a candidate.
The ruling BJP of Goa got big gains in the Zila Panchayat or district elections, winning 32 out of 49 seats, while the opposition Congress administered only four. Hanzel Fernandes won AAP his only seat in Benaulim in southern Goa.
With Congress performing in the state, AAP feels an opportunity and has more than a year to prepare.
Its leaders in Delhi say the young Fernandes enlivened the grassroots party and gave them hope to repeat their Delhi success.
AAP also today announced that it will contest elections in Uttar Pradesh. While UP, India’s most politically essential state, has big interests, Goa seems to be a more realistic target for the party.
Arvind Kejriwal, the prime minister of Delhi, said, “The people of Delhi have given AAP only once a chance and today they love the party so much that they have forgotten all the other parties. You also give the Aam Aadmi party one chance.”
Hanzel Fernandes says, “People voted for me because they saw a young man enter the political arena and offer an alternative policy beyond what the state has seen so far from the BJP and Congress.”