Is Cong diluting its stand on alliance?

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 19 February 2016 20:47 IST

Has the Congress diluted its stand on having alliance with other like-minded political parties?

That’s the impression AICC observer Digvijay Singh gave during his recent Goa visit.

From the previous stand of the party that it will not have alliance under any circumstances, he has stepped down substantially, expressing possibility of having alliance ‘if there is a proposal.’

The whole issue had started after the idea of Grand Alliance sweeping Bihar Assembly election while the BJP rules the centre.

Since the BJP also rules Goa, independent MLA Vijai Sardesai had floated the idea of having similar grand alliance in the forthcoming Goa Assembly election, in order to defeat the ruling BJP-led alliance.

But Goa Congress president Luizinho Faleiro had dismissed the idea, stating that there is no such party with whom Congress could align.

As there was no Goa Forward - a regional party initiated by Sardesai - constituted at that moment, no formal proposal had gone to the Congress.

On the other hand, Faleiro had dismissed the possibility of having alliance with BJP allies like PWD minister Sudin Dhawalikar’s Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party or Nuvem MLA Mickky Pacheco’s Goa Vikas Party.

According to the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party is not a force, thus no possibility of having alliance with it like in the past.

The Aam Aadmi  Party is primarily an anti-BJP anti-Congress political organisation.

“We are still open to the idea of alliance and it is need of the hour”, Prabhakar Timble, president of Goa Forward, told goanews.com.

 

He however is not prepared to talk about it at this moment, stating that ‘it would be a play of unequals at this stage’.

The GF plans to assess the situation in next four months and then open a dialogue with the Congress and other like-minded parties for a grand alliance.

He also agrees to the suggestion that the GF should move the proposal since Congress, according to him, is a senior party of seasoned politicians.

“We are newcomers in the arena having more of a socio-economic background rather than political”, says educationist-turned-politician.

He also clarifies that the Goa Forward is prepared to compromise little ego, little programme and anything else if required, to have a grand alliance to defeat the BJP.

Singh, on the other hand, has however made it clear that the decision on alliance would be taken only after consulting the block and district committees.

Keep aside the state-level alliance, the Fatorda block committee has already strongly opposed any alliance of Congress and Sardesai in their constituency.

The Fatorda block committee Congress cadres are upset over the treatment given to them post-municipal elections in spite of having alliance.

Will Digvijay succeed in convincing the Fatorda block, to begin with, to have this alliance when comes the proposal? The question remains unanswered today. 

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