Tuesday 16 Apr 2024

Cong LS calculations: Is RG factor affecting poll picks?

GUILHERME ALMEIDA | MARCH 30, 2024, 01:28 AM IST

What’s this RG factor doing the rounds in South Goa even as suspense continues in the Congress camp over the declaration of party candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls? Certainly, it’s not the Revolutionary Goans Party's (RG) presence in the fray for the South Goa seat. Ask Congressmen to shed light on the RGP factor, and do not be surprised to hear that the RGP factor is nothing but the Rahul Gandhi factor that many in local political circles wonder would have a bearing on the fate of the three ticket contenders for the South Goa seat – MP Francisbab Sardinha, Ex-GPCC chief Girishbab Chodankar and Captain Viriatbab Fernandes. Wait and watch.

Ahead of poll battle, Team Congress crosses paths with 'Team Dempo'

It was a week when Team Congress and Team Dempo travelled on the same flight from New Delhi to Goa. When GPCC chief Amitbab Patkar, and Opposition leader Yuribab Alemao boarded the flight to Goa, they found to their surprise the Dempo players travelling in the same flight. Team Yuri recognised the Dempo players and exchanged pleasantries. Incidentally, the Dempo players were returning home after playing an I-League football match, while the Congress team was in Delhi to fix their issues with the High Command before they descend on the political turf for the much-awaited match against Pallavibai Dempo. Any questions?

Girish's comments on BJP 'sabotage plan' cause stir

What exactly did Congress Working Committee member and South Goa Lok Sabha ticket contender Girishbab Chodenkar seek to convey when he claimed that the BJP leaders are working overtime to sabotage his bid for a Congress ticket? Well, this question has become a subject of debate within the party and outside, with observers trying to figure out whether those involved in the arduous task of finalising Congress tickets have come under the influence of the saffron brigade. Interesting, isn’t it? Wait and watch as opponents of the ex-GPCC chief are reported to have brought Girishbab’s comments to the notice of the Party High Command.

Congress holding back poll cards due to Holy Week?

Is the intervening Holi and the Holy Week delaying the declaration of the Congress candidates for the two Goa Lok Sabha seats going to the polls on May 7? Well, the first time the Congress leadership postponed a decision on Goa candidates was last week, promising to declare the candidates post-Holi. The Congress CEC meeting took place on Wednesday, virtually sealing the fate of the ticket aspirants for the two seats. The announcement, however, is yet to come. Sources are trying to figure out whether the delay in announcing the candidates has anything to do with Good Friday. You know why.

Vijai's 'political break' leaves oppn void amid Cong drama

Even as the people wait with bated breath for the Congress High Command to unveil the party candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, Goa Forward chief Vijaibab Sardesai on Friday headed to London via the Mopa airport. If sources are to be believed, Vijaibab is expected to return home only on April 10 unless he further extends his stay there. It could not be ascertained who will hold the political fort for the GFP in Vijaibab’s absence, more so with political observers not ruling out the possibility of political developments unfolding in the State when the Congress unveils the party candidates. Wait and watch.

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