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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

No alliance on grand alliance within Goa Congress

GPCC and CLP do not see eye-to-eye on forming a grand alliance; Pradesh committee makes it clear that decision cannot be taken by legislative party alone

PANJIM: The issue of going is alone versus forming a grand alliance with some anti-BJP parties has led to a split wide open between the Congress legislature wing and the organization.
This was evident during the party’s election strategy meeting on Monday. Three MLAs – Vishwajit Rane, Digambar Kamat and Jennifer Monserrate – skipped the crucial meeting called to review the party’s preparedness for the upcoming elections, while Alexio Reginaldo Lourenco walked out of the meeting, after being ‘humiliated’ by the party president Luizinho Faleiro.
Though, former chief minister and Leader of Opposition Pratapsingh Rane was present for the meeting, neither his views nor his Poriem block committee views were heard, giving a clear indication that the Pradesh Congress decision would be final. Even the Margao block committee was sidelined by the PCC chief.
MLAs Pandurang Madkaikar and Chandrakant (Babu) Kavlekar were the only two CLP members who were seen to be given any importance during the three-hour meeting.
“The Party president is not happy with the way CLP members raise election strategy issues before the public through the media. He is very clear that CLP alone cannot take any decision without consulting the PCC,” a senior Congressman, on condition of anonymity said.
Apparently, during the meeting, in front of party workers, Faleiro slammed Lourenco, who wanted to leave the meeting midway. “You don’t want to speak before party workers, you just want to raise issues outside before the media, say what you have to say here,” Faleiro said, after which the MLA walked out of the meeting.
The GPCC President also told media persons that he doesn’t take Vishwajit seriously anymore. Vishwajit, who is on the verge of forming a Sattari Yuva Manch, has threatened to quit the party if it fails to have a grand alliance during the 2017 elections.
“There is a clear divide between the Congress Legislature Party and the Congress Party (over the issue of alliance). Legislators feel there should be a grand alliance whereas the party feels there should not be any alliance,” Rane tweeted.
At the 2012 election, the oldest national political party was reduced to single digits in the 40-member State assembly. Of the nine elected representatives, the party is now left with seven after it expelled St Cruz MLA Atanasio Monserrate for anti-party activities and Dabolim MLA Mauvin Godinho has rebelled.

It suicidal, suicidal, chants Vishwajit on twitter

Junior Rane launches tweet revolt with #conspiracy and #destroythecongress; says leaders with selfish interests want to finish party

Panjim: Mounting an attack on his own party, Congress’ Valpoi MLA and former Health Minister Vishwajit Rane termed the decision by the party’s local unit to go it alone in the 2017 elections ‘suicidal’.
“Congress Party decision to go alone in the 2017 (Goa Assembly polls)
The Valpoi MLA tweeted #conspiracy #destroytheCongress, “Alliance is must otherwise it’s suicidal,” a day after State Congress Chief Luizinho Faleiro refused to heed to the call for a grand alliance.
“The Congress in Goa must learn from mistakes in other states. Few leaders for their selfish interest want to finish the party,” Rane said. Junior Rane tweeted, “A thorough survey needs to be done before any decision is taken. This is in the best interest of the Congress Party.”

Junior Rane said that the Congress high command needs to step in, and take a decision at the earliest.

Herald Goa News

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