As expected, the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee has left it to the party chief Sonia Gandhi to decide who will be its next president given the fact that there was no unanimity amongst the local leaders on who should occupy this post.
The post of GPCC president assumes importance the party will face the assembly elections under his or her leadership. This means that the GPCC president will have a major say in who gets the party tickets for the elections, besides of course being in reckoning to occupy a ministerial berth if not the Chief Minister’s post.
Current president Subhash Shirodkar, who incidentally has a history of being a part of the ruling dispensation irrespective of whether it was the Congress Party or its breakaway faction, was quite comfortably placed to be re-elected to the post till some heavyweight Congress leaders from Salcete upset his plans.
Former Chief Minister Francisco Sardinha who is currently representing the Mormugao constituency in the Lok Sabha, has reportedly made a very spirited bid to be the next GPCC president. He is learnt to have the active backing of Luizinho Faleiro who is a permanent invitee to the All India Congress Committee.
As a compromise was not in sight and both were sticking to their guns, the newly elected members of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee adopted a one line resolution throwing the ball in Sonia Gandhi’s court. Apparently, this solution was suggested by Hariprasad who is in charge of the GPCC.
It would be significant to point out that following the last assembly elections when Congress emerged as the single largest party in Goa, there was major stand off on who should be the next chief minister between Ravi Naik the then GPCC President and Pratapsing Rane who was the chief minister. As a compromise, Digambar Kamat got to be the next chief minister in a classic case of tisro geta lab.