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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rahul mantra for Cong: Return to power in 2017

RaGa says focus should be on contesting all 40 seats; asks leaders to resolve differences

PANJIM: Bring Congress to power in 2017 and keep personal political interests aside is what All India Congress Committee (AICC) Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has told Goa MLAs. Gandhi also asked senior party leaders to prepare to contest in all 40 Assembly constituencies.
Gandhi, who held an election review meeting with the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) and Legislative wing (CLP) members, is looking at the State Assembly election as a first step towards rejuvenating the party’s lost glory, following a series of electoral debacles in the last three years.

The PCC headed by State Party President Luizinho Faleiro stood firm on its executive committee resolution that the party should fight the elections alone. Sources said that Gandhi was against the party going for an alliance in the coming elections.
“Gandhi said that the party focus should be on going it alone and preparing itself in all 40 constituencies,” sources said.
“Gandhi has asked the PCC and CLP to work together to get Congress to power anyhow in the 2017 elections. The high command wants the Goa elections to set the tone for the party’s revival,” sources said.
The meeting was attended by AICC General Secretary and Goa desk in-charge Digvijay Singh, Secretary Chellakumar, Secretary Girish Chodankar, Faleiro, Rane, Kamat, Kavlekar and former Chief Minister Ravi Naik.
Due to a delay in his flight, Curtorim MLA Alexio Reginaldo Lourenco could not reach the meeting on time and is expected to have a one-on-one meeting with Gandhi either late Thursday night or Friday morning. On the other hand, MLAs Vishwajit Rane and Pandurang Madkaikar skipped the meeting, while Jennifer Monserrate and Mauvin Godinho were not invited.
Gandhi initially held one-on-one meetings with all the State representatives and then called a joint meeting, sources said. “No discussion was held on tickets,” sources said adding, “Gandhi, however, directed, that individual interests should be set aside and together, work for the party.”

Herald Goa News

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