New Delhi India January 16 ANI With Congress rejecting an offer by Trinamool Congress for an alliance for Goa Assembly polls and AAP fighting on its own, the incipient efforts to form a coalition and prevent division in anti-BJP votes do not seem to be fruition and have apparently made the task less challenging in the coastal state.
The Trinamool Congress, which is keen to leave a mark in its outing in Goa, suggested a broad alliance but has not moved much on the proposal due to competing interests and lack of faith between the opposition parties. Congress is worried about the Trinamool Congress poaching its leaders.
The Aam Aadmi Party, which could not perform well in the last assembly polls, is keen to give an impressive performance on its own.
Political observers have said that a mahagathbandhan of various parties opposed to the BJP will help prevent division of votes, but that appears unlikely now with less than a month left for assembly polls.
Congress and the Trinamool Congress leaders looking after the affairs of their parties in Goa have taken potshots at each other amid suggestions for an alliance.
Mahua Moitra, who is in charge of Trinamool Congress, said on Saturday that the party was waiting for a revert from Congress and false bravado no substitute for rational thinking Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao, who had said that INK had made a formal and definitive offer to INC on Goa to defeat BJP two weeks ago.
She had taken a dig at Congress leader P Chidambaram, who is senior election observer of the party, in Goa, and said he should talk to his party's leadership if he is not aware of details.
AITC has already made a formal and definitive offer to INC on Goa to defeat BJP 2. The leadership of INC asked for time to revert. This happened almost 2 weeks ago. Moitra had said in her tweet that if Mr. Chidambaram not aware of details, he should talk to his leadership rather than make these statements.
In his response to her tweet, Dinesh Gundu Rao also referred to an earlier tweet by party leader KC Venugopal and asked whose reply she was waiting for.
Trinamool's plan to defeat BJP in Goa is weakening Congress and dividing the anti-BJP vote. If kcvenugopalmp's tweet wasn't reply enough, I wonder who from among Delhi leaders is awaiting MahuaMoitra's reply. Trinamool's plan to defeat BJP in Goa is weakening Congress and dividing the anti-BJP vote. Dinesh Gundu Rao said in a tweet.
Moitra, MP, later did not directly refer to Dinesh Gundu Rao, but said she did not want to engage in further Twitter shadow boxing with various Congress functionaries.
Uninformed false bravado is no substitute for rational thinking maturity. Definitve offer between principals on table waiting for revert. She said she had no desire to engage in further Twitter shadow boxing with various INC functionaries.
Venugopal, who is Congress General Secretary Organisation said on January 10 that no discussions were held on an alliance with Trinamool Congress and Congress was confident that Goa would be back on the path to progress soon.
The rumour in circulation that a possible alliance with TMC was discussed by Shri RahulGandhi in today's meeting. It is completely untrue. Venugopal said that the Congress party is confident that we will put Goa back on the path to progress soon.
Congress has an alliance with Trinamool Congress, as it is tied to Goa Forward Party GFP Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party MGP.
She later said that AAP is part of the anti-BJP space.
BJP, which is fighting the polls without Manohar Parrikar, its tall leader in the state, has taken digs at its rivals, including TMC and AAP, and is pitching its record in governance.
In Goa, a lot of political tourists are asking for one Chance''. The people of Goa will not leave the future of their beloved state to chance. The BJP Goa said in a tweet that they will repose their trust in the only option that can provide stability and stability to the BJP government.
Luizinho Faleiro, the former CM of Goa and Congress leader, joined TMC in September of last year. He was later nominated by Trinamool Congress to Rajya Sabha.