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Trinamool Congress drawing more candidates

Trinamool Congress is slowly becoming the third-front option in Goa, Former MLA Venkatesh ‘Bandu’ Dessai (Valpoi), former minister Pandurang Raut (Bicholim) and Sameer Salgaocar (Mandrem) will be Trinamool Congress candidates in the March 3 elections to the legislative assembly.

After having convinced former chief minister Wilfred de Souza to head the party unit in Goa, Trinamool Congress has managed to bring quite a few big names to the party and the electoral fray, including Savio Coutinho in Margao and Piedade Noronha in Fatorda.

Addressing media persons, Union minister of state for shipping Mukul Roy said, “We will announce more names soon.”

Making its debut in Goa, Trinamool Congress has already announced the names of 18 candidates so far.

De Souza, who is contesting from Aldona, and present at the press briefing hit out at the Congress-led government in the state alleging rampant corruption.

“When people go into the polling booth this time, they will have an option other than the Congress and the BJP,” he said.

Asked why Trinamool Congress was taking on Congress, which is its partner in the UPA government at the Centre, Roy said, “The alliance between Trinamool and Congress is for the UPA government, not in the states. We have fought against the Congress-NCP alliance in other states as well.”

He further said that the party had won five seats in Arunachal Pradesh, one seat in Assam and has an MP from Jharkhand.

Also present was party in charge of the Goa desk and Jharkhand MP K D Singh.

Asked if Trinamool Congress was making a presence in Goa as it needed to register percentages to be recognized as a national party, Singh said, “Our motive for being here is not to establish our status as a national party. It is to give the people of Goa an alternative. Goa has been ruled for 50 years with corruption.”

Roy added, “Goa is caught between corruption and communalism. We believe in transparency in governance.”

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