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Goa Election 2012 Debacle : Congress on ‘Pay Back’ Time Mode

Contrary to the rumor-mills doing the rounds that All India Congress Committee (AICC) President Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi had taken a sabbatical from Goa and allowed party-affairs to deteriorate in the state. It appears that under the strict guidance and direction of Rahul Gandhi ‘Pay Back’ and ‘Resurrect Goa’ plans have been put in place under close supervision of the party’s trusted aides.

‘Pay Back’ is the mode where those Central and state-leaders directly or indirectly responsible for debacle of the Goa Assembly Elections 2012 will be either be relegated to position of no consequences or strategically moved out of party affairs. Both Congress observers for Goa Jagmeet Singh Brar and Sudhakar Reddy have been strategically moved-out from their general secretaries and secretaries posts. AK Anthony report on the Goa Assembly Election debacle  clearly pin-pointed at these two AICC leaders has failing in their responsibility of ticket selection and election planning.

Senior Congress Leader Oscar Fernandes who was earlier considered to be in the top-ten of AICC affairs has been moved-out of party affairs and sent to the Central government as the Union Minister of Surface Transport, while to many it appears to be an elevation. Close sources to the Congress vice-president state that Oscar Fernandes partisan role in favoring certain political-leaders in the Goa Assembly ticket-distribution did not go down well with Gandhi (especially incidents like Fernandes’s wife launching the Congress Election manifesto who was waiting for an opportunity to gradually move Fernandes out-of-party affairs. Fernandes was moved-out to make a way for Faleiro, who shares a very good rapport with Congress vice-president.

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