Goa gets top priority in Rahul's meetings

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/13/2022 8:49:42 PM

NEW DELHI, Jan 12: Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi cut short his foreign trip until this weekend, returned to Delhi Monday night in view of the Assembly elections announced by the election commission, and picked up discussions, giving top priority to Goa on Tuesday in checking up the poll preparations.

His first consultation was with former finance and home minister P Chidambaram, a Congress observer for Goa elections. Sources said Chidambaram advised him to ignore a suggestion by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar for a tie-up with Trinamul Congress of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, but consider adjusting one or two from the NCP if it doesn't have alliance with any other party.

Senior party leader Dinesh R Gundu Rao, who was also in the meeting between Rahul and Chidambaram, affirmed that "no alliance or talks with TMC since it has been poaching Congress members right from day one it entered Goa and attacking the Congress instead of taking on the BJP in power."

He said the Congress has already agreed for an electoral alliance with the Goa Forward Party while TMC has disqualified itself for any tie-up since after it announced an alliance with the Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP). The Congress has already announced most of its candidates in Goa.

Congress general secretary K C Venugopal, in-charge of organisational affairs, was also present in Rahul's review of Goa preparations that were followed with the strategies in Uttarakhand and Manipur which are also going to polls next month.
He expressed anguish over delay in finalising the candidates for the Uttarakhand Assembly that goes to polls on February 14, along with Goa and Punjab.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was to address a press conference at the AICC headquarters here on the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections as the in-charge of the state to give her mind on the alliance with other parties, but Rahul stepped in and cancelled her interaction with the media since he wanted to discuss with her various parameters concerning U.P.

Rahul has also invited the party's Punjab leaders here on Thursday to discuss the strategies with the manifesto and campaign committees set up only on Tuesday. Though he had earlier declared that the party will go to polls without declaring a chief ministerial candidate, the party sources said he is under pressure to declare a candidate, amid a tussle between Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

In another development, Venugopal issued two press releases on appointment of 13 district presidents of the part in Gujarat and three in Tripura.



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