Nationalist Congress Party Supremo Sharad Pawar has called for a meeting with the State Executive Committee on Tuesday evening at Porvorim. Pawar, who is on a private visit to Goa is expected to take up the issues plaguing the State unit of the party and also discuss the party strategy for the forthcoming State Assembly Elections.
Although a partner of the Congress in the State government, the NCP has of late been accusing the Congress of giving it step motherly treatment and there has even been a demand to break the alliance and go to the polls on its own strength.
Besides, the NCP in Goa is plagued with discontent which has resulted in the party being split vertically with one group supporting its maverick legislator Micky Pacheco and the other group backing the President Surendra Sirsat who also has the support of the other two legislators who are ministers.
While Micky has been demanding that the NCP prepare to face the polls without an alliance with the Congress, the party organization is treading a cautious path.
Micky has also been dropping broad hints of breaking away from the NCP and floating his own party for the forthcoming elections. However, he did state that this step will be taken only after meeting Pawar.
Hence the meeting scheduled later in the day today assumes a lot of significance as it will determine what happens to the NCP in Goa and where Micky Pacheco will stand.