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Congress trying to tie up with NCP, MPG and GFP in Goa, said – will not repeat the mistake of 2017

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The Congress is in talks for a possible alliance with the NCP, the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) for the Goa Assembly elections to be held early next year. AICC Goa in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao told reporters that all these parties are of the view that Goa needs to get rid of the ‘corrupt and communal’ government led by the BJP. Rao said the Congress would not want to repeat the mistakes made in the 2017 elections.

On Monday, All India Congress Party Goa in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao said that NCP, GFP and MGP all organizations want to get rid of the corrupt BJP government in Goa. “If the main objective of this alliance is realized, then Goa will definitely get a stable government for five years,” he said.

The GFP and MGP forging an alliance with the Congress ahead of the assembly elections in Goa does not bode well for the BJP as both these organizations were part of the BJP-led government for some time in the last five years. Explaining the Congress’ strategy for the elections, Rao said his party is ready for an alliance with those who understand Goa, belong to this soil and understand the culture and community of Goa.

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Rao, however, said that the Congress would not like to repeat the mistakes made in the 2017 elections. He said that alliance with like-minded parties is important for the alliance. The Congress had refused to forge an alliance with the GFP in 2017. In the 2017 Goa Legislative Assembly elections, the Congress won the maximum number of 17 seats in the 40-member house, with the public narrowing down the BJP to 13 seats. However, the BJP formed an alliance with regional parties to form a coalition government under the leadership of the late Manohar Parrikar.

In the last five years, the Congress has lost 13 MLAs from opposition parties. Most of whom were BJP. Senior Congress leader and MLA Luizinho Faleiro recently joined TMC. Earlier on Sunday, GFP chief Vijay Sardesai had said that his party would unveil the contours of the next government in Goa by December 19 (the 60th anniversary of independence from Portuguese rule) and vowed to free Goa from corruption and misgovernance. However, when asked about the possibility of an alliance with the Congress, Sardesai did not say anything clearly but did say that this decision will be taken based on the future circumstances.

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