“Our mistake was not to go for a pre-poll alliance with the Goa Forward”

Digvijaya Singh, General Secretary of the Indian National Congress, in a series of tweets spoke about the post poll happenings in Goa. In one of his tweets he said, “Our mistake was not to go for a pre poll alliance with Goa Forward headed by Vijay Sardesai which was seen to be anti Parrikar and BJP.”

Singh was reacting to an article on Firstpost titled, “BJP rules Goa despite losing election: Debacle proves India is becoming Congress-mukt, one state at a time”

“Totally biased and wrong on facts. Congress didn’t take more than few hours to decide CLP Leader and Rahul ji had given free hand,” he commented on the article.

In another tweet, Singh spoke about what happened after the results were declared, “But at the last moment Vijay Sardesai joined hands with Parrikar and Gadkari ditching his Mentors who wanted him to ally with Congress,” he said.

“But I don’t blame Vijay Sardesai entirely because there was a Trust deficit between him and Congress State leadership,” he added.

“And Governor who violated the Sarkaria Commission guideline & Supreme Court decisions of inviting single largest Party in fractured mandate,” he further went on to say on twitter.

“Let’s see how long Parrikar can fool the People of Goa for his personal greed and ambition,” Congress in-charge of the state tweeted.

“It is too little, too late. It is the high command of the party which is admitting while local leadership is still talking too much,” said Goa Forward Party (GFP) leader Vijay Sardesai, Reacting to Singh’s comment in a PTI report.

“There are some elements in the Congress who have antagonised people (in the past)… Those elements are still existing in the Congress and are very much active,” he added.

“I am not bothered about what the Congress says or does. Right now, we are in fast forward mode,” Sardesai said about the Manohar Parrikar-led alliance government in the same report.

Sardesai further went on to mention that the reason for the trust deficit is the treat treatment meted to him before the poll, which in his terms was “like dirt”.

Congress had failed to form a government even after being the largest Party winning 17 seats. While the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) managed to cobble a coalition and form the government despite winning just 13 seats.