Thursday 28 Sep 2023

South Goa MP unveils plans to seek re-election in 2024


Distribution of three-wheelers to Persons with Disabilities by South Goa MP  Francisbab Sardinha saw a host of Congress leaders, GPCC Chief Amitbab Patkar, Opposition leader Yuribab Alemao, MLA Altonbab D’Costa besides Capt Viriatbab Fernandes descending at Curtorim on Sunday. It’s a sheer coincidence that when these leaders all assembled at Curtorim, the South Goa MP took the platform to unveil his plans to seek re-election in the 2024 Lok Sabha poll. Have Congress LS ticket aspirants, including ex-GPCC Chief Girishbab Chodankar, Elvisbab Gomes and Capt Viriatbab anything to say? Wait and watch.

Will Cong depart from time-tested norm of 

fielding a minority community candidate?

More than the question whether sitting MP Francisbab Sardinha will get party re-nomination to contest the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress leadership has a task cut out to take a call on the contentious issue whether the Opposition party will depart from the time-tested norm of fielding a minority community candidate for the South Goa seat. For, a section of the party seemed rooting for a candidate from the majority community in 2024 on the plea the minority community is no more a majority in South Goa constituency. Those who want the Lotus to bloom in South Goa also appear on the same page. You know why?

Who is Cong leader who's keen on knowing 

whether Vijai, Girish have made peace?

Guess who’s this senior Congress leader, who called up Goa Forward leader, Durgadasbab Kamat just to find out whether Goa Forward Chief Vijaibab Sardesai and ex-GPCC Chief Girishbab Chodankar have buried their hatchet? Well, if sources are to be believed, Dugadasbab reportedly received a call from a senior Congress leader, anxious to find out whether there’s any pact reached between party leader Vijaibab and ex-PCC Chief Girishbab.  The Congress leader is believed to have raised the question based on speculations in political circles that the bitter political rivals, whose rivalry spans over two decades, have finally made peace. Any questions?

All eyes on Vijai as he is seen making 

common cause with ST community 

Is the Goa Forward party eyeing the tribal vote with party leaders taking up cudgels for the ST community on a host of issues? First, the regional party was quick to demand political reservations for the STs in the state Assembly. Last month, Party Chief Vijaibab Sardessai descended at Bhoma on the road bypass issue and was seen at the Azad Maidan to make common cause with the ST community affected by the Khandepar bhandara. With the ST population pegged at around 12 per cent and reservation of four seats for the tribals expected by the 2027 Assembly polls, is the Goa Forward eyeing a slice of the ST cake? Wait and watch.

Margao civic body developments 

seems to merit BJP intervention

Guess the reaction of the saffron brigade to the developments unfolding in the Margao civic body over the cancellation of the recruitment process and the reported strain in the relationship between Cong-turned-BJP Margao MLA Diggu and MMC Chairperson Damubab Shirodkar. Well, pose the question to the Margao unit of the BJP headed by former Councillor Rupeshbab Mahatme and pat comes a reply saying the issue pertains to governance and administration and does merit intervention of the party. Interesting, isn’t it?

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