Within days of Digvijaya Singh, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary’s revelation on the error made by his party by now having a pre-poll alliance with Goa Forward Party (GFP), Goa Congress spokesperson demanded that the party’s Goa unit president Luizinho Faleiro be sacked from his post.
“Digvijaya Singhji’s assertion that there was a deficit of trust between the Goa Forward Party’s mentor Vijai Sardesai and the state leadership of the Congress is a polite way of saying that the state leadership was in sync with the BJP leadership,” state Congress spokesman Trajano D’Mello alleged.
Digvijay admitted the party’s error in a series of tweets, stating that the loss of Congress was due to not having the pre-poll alliance with GFP.
Now the GFP are one of alliance partners of the ruling BJP government led by Manohar Parrikar.
“In these circumstances, the state Congress president (Luizinho Faleiro) should step down, failing which he should be sacked. As long as he continues to head the state unit, it will be difficult for the Congress to come back to power in the state,” D’Mello said. – PTI
D’mello claimed that a he wrote to Faleiro on January 26 and demanded to support the candidates fielded by GFP and have an electoral understanding with GFP ahead of the polls, held in February.
Faleiro was unavailable for comments.
Despite emerging as the single largest party in the elections, winning 17 of the 40 seats, the Congress could not form the government as they failed to muster support from the regional parties.
While BJP, which was the second largest party by securing 13 seats, were quick in approaching the regional parties to form the government. The Goa Forward Party (GFP) along with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), came in with three MLAs each, while the support of the remaining three was given by independent MLAs.
Furthermore, the Congress also lost one of their MLA, Vishwajit Rane, who resigned from the party post their failure to form government.