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It might not be ‘Family Raj’ after all for Congress aspirants

If the firm stand taken by the Congress party in Punjab on the insistence of its party President Sonia Gandhi with regards to the issue of party tickets to family members of existing MLAs or ministers is an indication to the mood of the party high command in Delhi, then the politicians in Goa currently campaign in Delhi since yesterday to meet with Central Election (Screening) Committee Head Oscar Fernandes will be in for a rude shock, since the party has taken a firm decision on not issuing more than one ticket to a family, only in cases where the candidates are already existing MLAs or ministers of the Congress-led government in Goa or other states will the sitting MLAs get a ticket under the same banner, this however is not yet a firm decision on the part of the high command but a consideration.

Sources in AICC have told that politicians from Goa such as the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, PWD Minister Churchill Alemao, Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao, Education Minister Atanasio (Babush) Monseratte and Pandurang Madkaikar have been in Delhi since Friday night hoping to push their demands through with Oscar Fernandes, however, the CEC Head was busy attending a personal engagement in Bangalore and is most likely to meet with them on Saturday evening, if it fits within his agenda.

While the meetings between the political lobby in Goa and the Congress High Command will continue, that the AICC will not bow to down to the pressure of the ‘family raj’ politics of the Goan politicians is certain. In fact many feel that even the Ranes and Alemaos currently holding the MLA positions might be asked to sacrifice their demands for more than one ticket in the family.


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