Meeting elections 2022: From 17 seats to mere 2, Cong faces desertion blues in Goa


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oi-Madhuri Adnal

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Panaji, Dec 22: When the 2017 Meeting elections have been held in Goa, the Congress had put up a superb present by rising as the one largest celebration with 17 seats within the 40-member Home, however it didn’t type authorities and will additionally not maintain its flock collectively, with its energy now diminished to only two.

Nevertheless, the celebration remains to be attempting to place up a robust face forward of the Meeting polls due early subsequent yr, saying it’s not deterred by the desertions. On Monday, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee’s working president Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco turned the newest MLA to stop the celebration over the past 5 years.

Notably, his title had figured within the first record of eight candidates introduced by the Congress final week for the forthcoming state polls. Earlier than Lourenco’s resignation, BJP’s Goa election in-charge Devendra Fadnavis had mentioned, “The Congress has been diminished to a rickshaw celebration with three wheels, and shortly it would flip right into a bicycle celebration with solely two of them remaining.”

Fadnavis had predicted that Pratapsingh Rane may even stop the Congress. However, Rane remains to be with the Congress. The largest jolt the Congress got here in 2019 when a bunch of its 10 MLAs, led by then chief of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, left the celebration collectively and joined the ruling BJP.

This yr, as the subsequent Meeting election attracts nearer, extra MLAs stop the Congress one after the opposite.

Following the 2017 Meeting polls, Vishwajit Rane, Goa’s present well being minister, was the primary to resign from the Congress in addition to from the Meeting quickly after taking oath as an MLA. After him, two different MLAs – Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte – additionally resigned from the celebration. All of the three have been later re-elected in by-elections on the BJP’s ticket.

Just lately, Luizinho Faleiro and Ravi Naik, each former chief ministers, additionally left the Congress. The celebration is now left with solely Pratapsingh Rane and Digambar Kamat, each of whom are additionally former CMs.

On Tuesday, the Aam Aadmi Social gathering’s nationwide convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took a dig on the Goa Congress, saying, “Fifteen are offered, solely two are remaining, they’re the final inventory. Little inventory is remaining.”

Nevertheless, Chief of Opposition Digambar Kamat has remained unfazed and expressed confidence that he’ll lead the Congress to a thumping victory within the 2022 state polls and that his celebration will type authorities. “The Congress has efficiently confronted many storms, floods and tsunamis. Our functionaries have the energy and mettle to defeat opportunists,” Kamat lately mentioned.

Story first revealed: Wednesday, December 22, 2021, 10:26 [IST]



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