Raising the bar against BJP, Priyanka Gandhi will take to the streets of Goan on December 10
Congress raises stakes in poll-linked Goa with its secretary general Priyanka Gandhi on the streets of Goan on Friday as the party contemplates close competition with the ruling BJP, though it sheds light on new entrances like the Trinamool Congress.
With former Congress President Rahul Gandhi particularly interested in the state, the party organized a series of events for Priyanka during the day, including a lunch with tribal women in the village of Morpila, followed by an interaction with students from Mollem in Margao and from the ‘Priyadarshini’ women’s convention in Costa Sol.
She will also interact with members of the Mahila Congress Bureau and attend a reception inducting Captain Viriato Fernandes. She would begin her programs in Goa by laying a wreath at the martyr’s memorial in Assolna.
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Sources said Congress was confident about its prospects in Goa as the government led by Pramod Sawant “faces huge opposition to power”, though some leaders admit the struggle is very close, in due to the lower number of votes in the constituencies.
There is also apprehension about how voters will perceive the desertion of a dozen out of 17 deputies elected to the Congress list in 2017 who take the plunge and join the BJP soon after the Assembly elections. Sources said Congress decided not to give tickets to the 2017 deserters and passed it on to a few who contacted the party.
A similar perception about the MPs who left the congressional ship was shared by top Congressional leaders in Trinamool who were looking for potential candidates in the state.
Senior Congress leaders also overlook the impact of the Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee or the AAP led by Arvind Kejriwal in Goa.
The party is already in talks with the NCP and Shiv Sena has now said he is studying an alliance with Congress in Goa. Sanjay Raut of Sena has met Rahul and Priyanka over the past two days and it is learned that he has referred to them among other things.
To give Congress a boost, Goa Forward Party Leader Vijay Sardesai, Party MP Vinod Palyekar and Independent MP Prasad Gaonkar recently met with Rahul and pledged their support.
The GFP leader’s meeting took place a few weeks after the Trinamool Congress attempted to woo the party. However, GFP and Trinamool were unable to find a solution because the latter wanted Sardesai, who left Congress in 2012 after being refused a seat to run for the Assembly elections, to merge her party. that he refused.
On Wednesday, Rahul also held a meeting with the party’s lead observer in Goa P Chidambaram and official Dinesh Gundu Rao on preparations for the poll in the state.
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