Goa Congress claims drawing huge public support during ‘padyatra’


The Goa Congress, which has undertaken a footmarch to mobilise people and elicit political support ahead of the Assembly elections, has claimed that they are getting positive response from a cross-section of the society, which may reverse the results witnessed during the last state polls.

The padyatra which began on November 29, will come to an end on December 12.

The response for the padayatra is fantastic. People who were taunting that Congress does not exist are getting themselves wrong. People from all walks of life is joining the party,” Goa Congress spokesman Trajano D Mello said today as the march program took a day’s break to celebrate the fest of St Francis Xavier at Old Goa.

“Everybody was feeling that Congress was not doing enough. But this yatra has proved that the party continues to enjoy mass support. This will help us to reverse swing the trend which was witnessed during 2012 election, he said.

The Congress had faced miserable defeat in the 2012 State Legislative Assembly elections.

Padayatra which began at Pernem has covered 12 constituencies including Mandresm, Siolim, Calangute, Saligao, Porvorim, Aldona, Thivim, Bicholim and Sankhalim besides others.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Luizinho Faleiro along with All India Congress Committee Secretary Girish Chodankar travelled one fourth of the distance on foot as the yatra covered 100 kilometres yesterday, D Mello said.

Meanwhile, Faleiro at the meeting in Thivim constituency yesterday said that the BJP government has betrayed Goans and if elected to power the Congress will reverse the electricity and water hike affecting the common man.

Chodankar said the BJP has looted Goans and people are going to teach them a lesson in the coming Assembly elections.


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