The Aam Aadmi Get together (AAP) and the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) shall be “marginal gamers” within the Goa meeting polls and the Congress is finest positioned to defeat the BJP and kind the subsequent authorities, senior Congress chief P Chidambaram stated right this moment.
Mr Chidambaram, who’s the Congress’ senior election observer for the meeting polls subsequent 12 months, asserted that the Trinamool Congress’ entry into Goa “seems to be an imposition from the highest that’s based mostly in West Bengal” and stated he doesn’t know the Mamata Banerjee-led occasion’s motive in making an attempt to begin a unit in Goa by “encouraging defections” from different events.
In an interview with PTI, Mr Chidambaram stated any alliance with smaller events for the Goa meeting polls is just potential if a celebration accepts that the Congress would be the pivot of the non-BJP formation.
“Goa is among the 5 states going to elections early subsequent 12 months. All states are equally essential and, in that sense, Goa is essential. Congress and the folks of Goa have had an extended and particular bond. Congress understands that Goa, Goans and Goa’s lifestyle are distinctive,” the Rajya Sabha member stated.
“We enter the election enviornment with the intention of successful the election and forming a Congress authorities in 2022,” he stated, including that the occasion’s preparations are “methodical and robust”.
Noting that the 2 main events in Goa are the Congress and the BJP, Mr Chidambaram stated any alliance with smaller events can solely be potential if a celebration accepts that the Congress would be the pivot of the non-BJP formation.
“I suppose it might be potential to accommodate smaller events in just a few seats if they’re so inclined. I can not speculate about any occasion,” he stated.
Requested how he sees the AAP and Trinamool’s Goa election bid, Mr Chidambaram stated, “In our evaluation, AAP and TMC shall be marginal gamers within the 2022 Goa election.”
He stated that AAP examined the waters in 2017 however didn’t make an impression, and Trinamool entered Goa in September 2021 and there have been no native, grassroots staff who sowed the seeds of the occasion in Goa.
“TMC’s entry seems to be an imposition from the highest that’s based mostly in West Bengal. I have no idea the TMC’s motive in making an attempt to begin a unit in Goa by encouraging defections from different events,” he stated.
“So far as the Congress is worried, we contemplate the Congress is finest positioned to defeat the BJP and kind a authorities. Smaller events can assist if they’re so inclined,” Mr Chidambaram stated.
On whether or not the Congress will announce a chief ministerial face forward of polls, he stated the time to determine whether or not the occasion ought to identify a CM face or not is after it has introduced the complete record of candidates.
“We are going to take a call on the applicable time,” he added.
Requested about former chief minister Luizinho Faleiro quitting the Congress and becoming a member of the TMC, Mr Chidambaram stated defections have been the bane of Goa politics and the folks of state resent defectors greater than anything.
“I used to be sorry to see Mr Luizinho Faleiro be a part of the band of defectors. The folks, particularly the voters in his Meeting constituency, resent his defection. Therefore, his defection has not dented our worker-base within the constituency. Congress will discipline a powerful candidate in that Meeting constituency,” he stated.
Requested whether or not the occasion was higher ready for a 2017-like scenario when it emerged the only largest occasion however didn’t kind the federal government, Mr Chidambaram stated there’s “big anti-incumbency” in opposition to the BJP authorities in Goa and the 2022 elections won’t throw up a hung meeting.
“We’re assured that the folks will give a transparent verdict in favour of the Congress. They almost did in 2017…however we didn’t cease defections,” he stated.
Alleging that the present BJP authorities in Goa is a “authorities of defectors”, Mr Chidambaram stated in 2022, “we are going to make sure that there aren’t any defections from the Congress”.
There are methods to make sure there aren’t any defections, and the Congress will stay by its promise that there shall be no defections from it, he asserted.
The Congress had gained the best 17 seats within the 40-member Home within the 2017 Goa Meeting elections, limiting the principle opponent BJP to 13. However the saffron occasion moved to ally with regional events and got here to energy beneath the management of Manohar Parrikar, now lifeless. The Congress had accused the BJP of “stealing” the mandate, a cost the saffron occasion rejected.
Over time, the Congress’s energy within the Legislative Meeting dwindled to 4 after lots of its MLAs switched sides and joined the ruling BJP.
The ruling BJP, opposition Congress, Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, Trinamool, Shiv Sena and regional events just like the Goa Ahead Get together (GFP) and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Get together are all within the ballot fray with not a lot readability but on forging of alliances.
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