Tuesday 03 Aug 2021

Introspection time for Congress?

GUILHERME ALMEIDA | JUNE 13, 2021, 01:02 AM IST

What exactly is Congress Goa desk in-charge, Dinesh Gundu Rao’s brief when he visits Goa next week, is a question doing the rounds in Congress circles and outside. In fact, many a party leader in private wonder whether Dinesh’s visit to the State is just to strengthen the organisation or is he coming as an emissary of the High Command to resolve the leadership tangle facing the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee. Party leaders say stop-gap measures such as Coordination panels is not a solution when the State is heading for elections in six month-time. Indeed, time for introspection.

Family raj back to haunt Vijai again

Family raj may come to haunt Goa Forward chief Vijaibab Sardesai. Exactly a decade after he successfully used the family raj handle to send the Alemao clan packing home in 2012, Vijaibab may find himself in an embarrassing situation. Reason. Party working president Kiranbab Khandolkar, who is all set to contest the 2022 polls on the Goa Forward party from Aldona, has announced his wife’s candidature from neighbouring Tivim. The news of the husband-wife duo of Kiran and Kavita as candidates for Aldona and Tivim respectively has started doing the rounds in political circles. Wait and watch how Vijaibab handles the emerging situation.

Ravi ‘bounces’ back in action

Ponda strongman Ravibab Naik seemed to be back in action in the Congress. If sources in the Congress are to be believed, the former Chief Minister has been actively participating in party programmes in recent days, indicating the Ponda MLA isn’t going anywhere at least for the moment. This may throw up a question or two for the Congress and the Goa Forward party leadership – how they will accommodate the interest of people who had recently joined these parties recently. Wait and watch.

This lawyer is cynosure of all eyes

This young Margao-based lawyer, Adv Antonio Clovis Da Costa has come under the cynosure of all eyes. Hailing from Assolna village, political observers have been trying to figure out whether Adv. Clovis may throw his hat in the election ring is his home constituency Velim in 2022. Having taken up the Covid issue in the High Court, many believe that the young lawyer has already been approached by a political party which has set its agenda to go big in in 2022. Another young face set to join the electoral fray in 2022.

Joaquim counsels warring ruling councillors

When relations between the principal and teachers come under strain, the manager or head of the institution is expected to intervene to stop a full-scale war. This was what exactly former Cuncolim MLA Joaquimbab Alemao reportedly did when discord raised its head in the Cuncolim Municipal Council ruling group. Sources say Joaquimbab invited CMC Chairperson Laximanbab and his ruling group of councillors at his residence and gave his piece of advice to the warring city fathers. Wait and watch whether Joaquimbab’s tuition has brought about a truce in the ruling group.

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