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Willy aide joining Cong makes candidate furious

 

Every attempt of the Congress to strengthen the party and pose a better image before the electorate appears to be boomeranging on them. Amidst such confusion, party chief Sonia Gandhi is coming here on Sunday to address two rallies for the state Assembly elections, scheduled on June 4.

The latest attempt of the Congress to readmit Trojan D’Mello, close confidant of former Congress leader Dr Wilfred de Souza, has backfired on the local leadership. Shrikant Malik, the Congress candidate fighting against de Souza in Saligao, has strongly opposed D’Mello’s homecoming.

"It is a plot by our Congress leaders to make de Souza ultimately win the elections", alleges Malik while clearly telling even the high command observers that he would not allow D’Mello to step in his constituency. Malik feels being backstabbed by his own party leaders.

Floating Goa Rajiv Congress after he split from the Congress last year, de Souza has now fielded 14 candidates in Congress strongholds while also supporting handful of Congress rebels, who are contesting as independents. After his attempts to form a front of regional parties failed, he is now talking about aligning with the Congress to rule, in case Goa throws up a hung Assembly.

Though all the Congress functionaries deny the allegation made by Malik, sources in the Congress House disclose that de Souza is in close touch with the party high command and may stage a comeback after polls. Perhaps this is the reason why de Souza fully supported the view that any Indian having foreign origin could be made India’s prime minister.

"I left the Congress because it was in the hands of corrupt elements", says de Souza when asked whether he had any differences on Congress policies. D’Mello, who was also the GRC general secretary, in his resignation letter to de Souza also emphasises this point, providing a hint.

Meantime, confusion regarding the resolution taken by the state Youth Congress in support of Sharad Pawar’s group still continues as all the party functionaries, including AICC emissary Ramesh Chennithala, maintains silence on why the resolution is not being withdrawn till date.

"We are satisfied with the rejoinder issued by GPYC chief Vishnu Wagh that he continues supporting Mrs Gandhi’s leadership", says Chennithala, asserting that the party in Goa is intact. But Youth Congress sources claim that action against the GPYC leadership is being put off only to avoid further damage to the party’s image.

Manohar Parrikar, the BJP spokesperson, however calls it desperate attempts of the Congress to get all sympathisers of the Congress like de Souza to win so that they could form the government by hook or crook. "The Congress split is visible and voter would not elect candidates of the divided party", he claims, making it the main plank of the campaign now onwards.






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