Congress is apparently losing the ground in Goa with many leaders deserting one of the most sought after political party of the past. According to the sources, congress does not have strong leadership in the state at the moment since it is not giving an opportunity to the youth. With the assembly polls round the corner, the rebellious senior party leader and Valpoi legislature Vishwajit Rane has threatened to leave the party if they do not forge an alliance with like-minded. What is his agenda behind this decision? Read here.
According to the reports published by the national news agency PTI, finally, the senior leader of Goa Congress has given an ultimatum to the party to consider the possibility of an alliance with like-minded forces or else there is no future. According to Vishwajit, the only way to survive the forthcoming election is a formation of the strong alliance, which could stand against the opposition. “The whole idea of taking up (forming) this alliance is not because anybody has any personal agenda. Look at the results in other states where BJP has won, it is only because of the division of opposition votes,” Rane, an MLA representing Valpoi constituency, told reporters on Saturday.
The reaction of Mr. Rane came in the backdrop of GPCC (Goa Pradesh Congress Committee) chief Luizinho Faleiro’s decision of going alone for the next assembly polls. According to Vishwajit, “In Goa, the Congress party, whoever may be the leader, no single leader can decide what the party wants. If a single leader wants to decide then let him fight the election on his own, I will not be in Congress party. I will only be in Congress if it stitches up an alliance with like-minded forces,” said Rane, whose father Pratapsingh Rane is the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly.
Vishwajit also alerted his party about the entry of AAP in the state saying that it will be foolish to underestimate the AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) led by Arvind Kejriwal. “Underestimation of AAP is also foolishness on our part. One cannot underestimate AAP. No opposition force can be underestimated,” he said.
According to Vishwajit, sinking the personal differences and coming together with the common Goal in mind is the only mantra of the future success in assembly polls. Making a pitch join hands with parties like Goa Forward and NCP, Rane said these factions should come together for the cause of a better Goa. “Every party should sink their differences and come together. There are many issues on which BJP can be exposed,” he said.
Meanwhile, Goa Forward party welcomed Rane’s suggestions. “Goa Forward party will take the lead to bring all secular forces together with the only aim and mission to have ‘BJP-Mukt’ (BJP free) Goa,” party spokesman Durgadas Kamat said. “Those secular forces who do not want to be part of the grand alliance will be clearly termed as the B team of BJP,” he said.
Congress in Goa has already been reduced to the minority in the last assembly polls making themselves a single digit in Goa assembly. The party which has won 9 seats in the assembly polls of 2012 has left with only 8 now with the expulsion of Babush Monseratte from the party due to his anti-party activities said the sources.
Vishwajit’s decision of becoming the part of the stronger alliance is may be the real good one but what about the leadership? Who will be the leader of that alliance? Without leadership going for any polls will be a complete loss in the election. The people of the state is looking for the strong leadership which once Mr. Parrikar gave to Goa and the Congress leader need to think over this issue seriously before making any final decision. What is your say in this?