With Goa expecting a hung assembly, political pundits have shifted their focus on possible post-poll alliances by both Congress and the BJP.
It’s in this context that the reported statement by Goa Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Luizinho Faleiro, has caused a political storm in the state.
Faleiro, a former chief minister, told Goa’s Herald newspaper that he wouldn’t be averse to taking support even from the breakaway RSS group, Goa Suraksha Manch, should his party fall short of a majority.
“I am positive towards such a move, I am positive on alliance with them,” Faleiro was quoted as saying.
As expected, the news has not gone down well Goa Forward, which had chosen not to contest on all 40 seats against Congress in view of a potential post-poll tie-up.
Vijai Sardesai, the functioning head of Goa Forward, told Janta Ka Reporter, ” Faleiro is cool in taking support even from a breakaway RSS group, which has now returned to the RSS fold, but not Goa Forward. We could have easily fought on other seats against Congress and even won, but chose not to do so because we didn’t want to hurt the chances of a possible alliance after the poll. His statement has now come as a big disappointment.”
Faleiro’s reported comments aside, it seems the Congress’s central leadership is not in sync with the idea of seeking support from Goa Suraksha Manch.
When asked, Digvijay Singh, the party’s general secretary and in-charge of Goa affairs, told Janta Ka Reporter that the ‘question doesn’t arise.’
Congress and Goa Forward had attempted to stitch a pre-poll alliance in Goa, but it had failed to materialise. Goa Forward then had chosen to field its candidates in four assembly segments.
Both parties had fought the municipal elections in Fatorda and Margao and swept the polls.