“By denying me a ticket, the Congress has only exposed its moral contamination,” Sardesai told reporters. Replying to a query, Sardesai said as there was no sufficient time to field his candidates in other constituencies against the Congress, he would nevertheless, work against the party.
In a loaded statement, Sardesai said he would work to bring to power “a good government” and a “good chief minister who has the interests of Goans at heart and one who would protect Goenkarponn.” Asked whether he was favoring a non-Congress government to take the reins of the state, Sardesai offered no comments.
Significantly, Sardesai announced his plans of contesting as an independent, in a largely attended public meeting near his house at Fatorda, on Sunday evening.
Addressing the gathering, an emotionally charged Sardesai said that during his long association with the Congress party, he never used his position to further the interests of himself or his family, but rather spent his own money to work for the welfare of the poor people from Fatorda. “I worked towards protecting the government by helping maintain the numbers whenever it was in crisis,” Sardesai said even as he reiterated his stand against the “family raj” of the Congress.
“The state is being looted in the name of Congress party…The people want a change, but the leaders do not want it to happen because they want to carry on with the loot, and that’s probably why I was denied a ticket,” Sardesai said. He however spared the chief minister of any criticism. “The chief minister did a good thing by scrapping the SEZs despite pressure from the top,” Sardesai said, but blamed Digambar Kamat for failing to keep the high command informed of the pitfalls of taking wrong decisions (with regards to allocation of tickets).