With daggers drawn against the new Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) Chief John Fernandes from within a political lobby within the Congress leaders itself, GoaChronicle.com has learned from sources in the All India Congress Committee (AICC) that there is a strong recommendation come Goan leaders and office-bearers to replace John Fernandes failing which the party will further disintegrate in the state.In the meantime, it has also been learned the Former Congress MLA Jitendra Deshprabhu continues to frequent Delhi making a strong pitch for the take-over of the President’s post from John Fernandes.
An AICC Secretary in the know, elucidated that while John Fernandes might position himself as a non-corrupt politician, but does not possess qualities of the leader that could united the Congress workers and leaders. People have an issue with John Fernandes attitude and aptitude. Many political leaders feel alienated and targeted by a slowly building lobby of John, who appears to have full-support of AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh.
GoaChronicle.com spoke to a senior Congress leader in Goa, who commented on condition of anonymity on the current imbroglio, “If Congress is able to regroup in Goa under a much more dynamic and practical team leaders rather than a vendetta driven agenda of the current GPCC President, there is a strong possibility of Congress gaining ground, where BJP have been failing miserably. But the Congress High Command is oblivious to the truth of the issues in Goa because of the AICC General Secretary and his personal gains in Goa through a few political leaders in the local Congress unit. Even putting Alexio Reginaldo Lourenco as the South Goa candidate was spearheaded by Singh for what sources are indicating were monetary gains.”
But while John Fernandes works towards defending his President’s Chair and Deshprabhu makes a strong effort to convince high command of his caliber and sincerity, even to the extent of ensuring some Congress leaders send recommendation letters to Congress President to consider his candidature for the role GPCC President. Congress might end-up opening the doors for another candidate.