Agreeing to the demand made by nearly 200 party workers and supporters, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Luizinho Faleiro, was thronged by supporters and party workers at his residence on Saturday saying that they will not to vote if he doesn’t contest. Office bearers of the party Urfan Mulla, Pratima Coutinho, supporters from Navelim, Rumdamol Davorlim sarpanch and others met the former Chief Minister demanding he contest the polls. Although initially he attempted to refuse them, he later accepted their demands.
Addressing the people, Faleiro said, “I won’t go against your words and I entrust the responsibility of the election campaign to you. You decide and form committees to work on the ground as we have less time.”
Citing the reason for his decision not to contest Faleiro said, “I went by the wishes of my family not to contest. I never came with a personal agenda to Goa. It was the leadership of Sonia Gandhi who entrusted me the job. Moreover, the people have seen an acute lack of development in Navelim and I have promised that I owe them their right.” – Herald
Asked whether family commitment was the only reason for not contesting, he said, “I was requested many times to work and when Goa was going down and we lost miserably Sonia Gandhi told me to take up the responsibility. They (Congress leadership) told me to contest even after suggesting three to four names,” he said.