Proving to be a major player in the upcoming 2017 Assembly Elections, Goa Forward Party welcomed former Goa pradesh Congress committee member and Siolim block leader Vinod Palyekar to join the ranks. This was announced during the inauguration of the party office in the capital.
Vinod Palyekar, former sarpanch of Siolim, explained that the Congress style of management was discomforting for him and hence parted ways with them.
“We had a meeting in Siolim and the people said that they want Palyekar as their candidate in the 2017 assembly elections,” Goa Forward president Prabhakar Timble said.
Although office bearers of Goa Forward Party have claimed that Palyekar was Congress’ main candidate for the polls, the statements of M K Shaikh, vice-president of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee tell another story. M K Shaikh said there are four candidates from Siolim vying for an election ticket and Palyekar was just an ordinary member of the Congress.
Goa Forward Party president, Prabhakar Timble also highlighted it as positive that political parties supported the issues taken up by GFP even without a political alliance existing.
“Even if a political alliance doesn’t happen, at least agenda alliance is happening,” Timble said.
Taking a dig at the Congress party, MLA Vijay Sardesai, speaking during the event said, “The opposition party doesn’t seem to have learnt any lesson in the last four -and-a-half years. A house that is divided against itself will not stand and that is the status of the current opposition.”
He also offered a proposal to them stating that Goa Forward would willingly form the main opposition if required after the 2017 polls.
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