Congress, which had given the North Goa seat to its alliance partner – Nationalist Congress party (NCP) in the last two Parliamentary elections, is now making every effort to contest both the Goa seats.
AICC general secretary in-charge of Goa desk Digvijaya Singh, who is on a two-day visit to Goa, on Wednesday said that the mood in the party is that they should contest both the seats. “I’m with them. But so far there has been no discussion with NCP on this,” said Singh.
He refused to give out if BJP’s St Andre MLA Vishnu Surya Wagh will be their candidate for North Goa.
To a question whether Wagh’s name is being considered, Singh feigned ignorance on this point but said their sympathies are with Wagh. “He has been badly treated by the BJP. The persons who assaulted him have not been arrested till date,” he replied, referring also to the law and order situation in the state.
Soon after his arrival in Goa on Wednesday, the senior leader chaired a meeting with office bearers of Goa Pradesh Congress committee (GPCC) at the party office. He stressed the need for the party’s preparedness for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.
All 28 office bearers were present for the meeting and tried to impress upon the Goa desk in-charge, that for this election, the North Goa seat should not be given to NCP as it lost in two successive elections.
Sources said Singh had a long interaction with the office bearers in the Congress House where he tried to get feedback from them about the political situation, mood in the party, strategies, election preparedness, etc. Some members told Singh that Sardinha should be re-nominated and as for North Goa, the party leaders at all levels should be consulted before the selection of the candidate.