- Hanzel Fernandes is a carpenter by profession like his father
- He works in his carpentry workshop in Benaulim, where he won the polls
- It was inspired by activists fighting for the disappearance of Goa’s vegetation
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) plans for Goa have just been set in motion by a quiet 26-year-old with no political ties. Hanzel Fernandes won the AAP for his first-ever election in the seaside state which is the key to the party’s national dreams. Although this is a local body election, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said it was “just the beginning”.
After its complete failure in its debut election in 2017, the 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 needed and it is that good people have decided to make a change. We have not made false promises. Our promises will be kept. Just give us time and we will,” he told reporters this afternoon. .
“This is just the stepping stone where we only won one seat. But now we will stand up. 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 maximum benefit from development to Goa, “he said.
Son of a carpenter, Fernandes followed in his father’s footsteps and joined his craft. But her mother, an environmental activist, is more involved in her political career.
“It was a tough fight. It was a fight between big parties that already have a name and this is just a budding party emerging in the state. A young man with no political background has won the faith of the voters and this is an immense success. . I am very proud as a mother. I am happy that they voted for him without any money or bribes being offered, “Geraldine Fernandes told NDTV.
Ms. Fernandes says her son’s goal will be to provide clean government in Goa through the AAP. “We can have a clean government and we can protect all that remains, especially our environment, waterways, fields, which are so important to every Goan.”
Goa recently witnessed protests over coal mining and other infrastructure projects that environmentalists say are damaging the state beyond repair.
Hanzel Fernandes works from his carpentry workshop in Benaulim, where he won the district body polls. He never planned to go into politics.
It was inspired by environmental activists fighting for disappearing vegetation in Goa. When the AAP began campaigning in the state, it gave its support. When the party needed a capable OBC candidate, it became the natural choice despite its political inexperience. That all changed when some AAP leaders walked into his lab one day, met him and his mother, and offered to run him.
Goa’s ruling BJP made big gains in the Zila Panchayat or district body elections, winning 32 out of 49 seats, while the opposition Congress managed only four. Hanzel Fernandes won AAP his unique spot in Benaulim, South Goa.
With Congress bustling in the state, the AAP senses an opportunity and has more than a year to prepare.
Its leaders in Delhi say young Fernandes energized the party ranks and gave them hope of repeating their success in Delhi.
The AAP also announced today that it will contest elections in Uttar Pradesh. While UP, India’s most vital state, has huge stakes, Goa appears to be a more realistic target for the party.
Arvind Kejriwal, the prime minister of Delhi, said: “The people of Delhi gave the AAP only one chance and today they love the party so much that they have forgotten all the other parts. Give the Aam Aadmi Party a chance too.” .
Hanzel Fernandes says, “People voted for me because they saw a young man enter the political arena and offer an alternative politics beyond what the state has seen so far from the BJP and Congress.”