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  • 'Delhi-dallying' by Congress leaders begins

Panaji, May 21: Goa is possibly heading towards major political developments, with discontent ruffling feathers in the Congress camp.

The Congress leaders have also made up their mind to part ways from coalition partners – the Nationalist Congress party (NCP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) – during the ensuing state legislative assembly elections.

While Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Ravi Naik airdashed to Delhi on Sunday afternoon, town and country planning minister Atanasio Monserratte along with majority of congress legislators will leave to Delhi on Monday.

"I am enjoying the support of a majority of congress legislators and I will put forward my claim for GPCC chief's post," Moserratte made it clear on Sunday.

Terming that the affairs between party organization and state government are not smooth, Monserratte said that such a situation posed difficulty for Congress to face the electorate in the elections to come.

"We are going for elections next year. The party workers' morale is down… We can't face elections like this," he said.

The town and country planning minister, who was the mastermind behind dethroning BJP-led Manohar Parrikar government last year, felt that the Congress in Goa should be put on a sound footing, if it needs to form the next government.

Monserratte claimed that he is supported by 16 out of 18 legislators and will impress upon the high command over the legitimacy of his claim to the post.

While Monserratte was busy garnering support for the chair, GPCC chief Ravi Naik today airdashed to Delhi. "I will meet the high command and brief them about the circumstances in Goa," Naik said at the airport before flying to Delhi.

He blamed the alliance partners in the government, for non-coordination between Government and party.

Meanwhile, the alliance partners including Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Nationalist Congress party (NCP) today drew flak from the ruling Congress. "The alliance partners are not adhering to their dharma… They talk against Congress to media and declare that they would fight the next elections alone," Naik stated.

The GPCC chief said that a majority of Congress leaders favoured that the party should contest next elections on their own.

Naik's views were echoed by Monserratte, who felt that it will be a wise decision for the Congress to contest elections without aligning with any other political parties.


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