Political parties have intensified their preparations for next year’s elections in Goa. West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will meet Goa Forward Party President Vijay Sardesai today. Vijay Sardesai’s party is looking to tie up with TMC from next year’s assembly elections. Earlier GFP had tried to forge an alliance with the Congress, but the Congress did not. That’s why today Vijay Sardesai is going to meet with Mamta Banerjee.
Vijay Sardesai on Friday said that he is in favor of a strong team. In April this year, the Goa Forward Party had said that the BJP was anti-social and had left its side. Sardesai said, “There must be unity in the opposition to end this corrupt and communal rule. Let’s get serious about 2022. I will invite Mamata Banerjee along with my senior party colleagues tomorrow morning at 10 am.”
Sardesai’s party, which has three MLAs in the assembly, has been a major player in Goa. He also served as the Deputy Chief Minister in the previous BJP government. After consolidating TMC’s position on her home turf in the Bengal assembly elections, Mamata Banerjee is now on a tour of Goa. Mamta Barji is now trying to make branches in new states for her party.
The Congress was the first party with which the GFP tried to form an alliance. After the Congress did not take him along, the party approached the Trinamool Congress. Elections to the 40-member Goa Assembly are due early next year.
In the 2017 Goa Assembly elections, the Congress won the maximum number of 17 seats in the 40-member house, limiting its main rival BJP to 13. But the BJP went on to form alliances with regional parties and came to power under the leadership of Manohar Parrikar.