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Congress infighting on Goa defeat

Posted on Dec 21, 10:06AM | IBNS

Goa's former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Thursday was at the receiving end during a meeting of the state congress leaders as All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Rahul Gandhi blamed him for much of the party's greatest debacle in the March 2012 election. Churchill Alemao and his brother Joaquim who held cabinet berth in the erstwhile Congress tenure, held Kamat responsible for the defeat. Gandhi was on a one-day visit to Goa for boosting the sagging morale of Congress after the losing power in the state.

He held six meetings with party leaders including a separate interaction with party MLAs at Goa International Centre, Dona Paula.

Local party sources said that 'Family Raj' in the allotment of tickets was also cited another reason for the party's defeat.

Congress, which contested 33 seats in the 40-member State Legislative Assembly, had given 12 tickets to four families.

Congress, which had won 16 seats in 2007, was reduced to single digit - 9 this time while the BJP-Maharashtawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) alliance swept the polls securing 24 seats.

Meanwhile, revamping the state party organization and mining ban were among other issues discussed.

The members of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee demanded to introduce new faces in the organization presently headed by Subhash Shirodkar.

The congress leader has always been in discussion after he had quit from the post taking responsibility of the poll defeat. His resignation was turned down by the party high command and he continues to remain the chief.

The party leaders informed Gandhi about the financial crisis the mining dependents are currently facing due to mining halt. The leaders came united to support resumption of legal mines to protect the livelihood of the people.