All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Digvijay Singh on Tuesday announced that the party is preparing to contest all the 40 seats during the next Goa assembly elections, setting aside any possibility of forming an alliance with regional parties against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Speaking to the media after attending the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) executive committee meeting in Panaji, Singh said, “The Congress is not having an alliance with any party and we are preparing to contest all the 40 seats of the assembly.”
Stating that Congress was fighting the ideology of hatred and communal violence, Singh said, “Modi talks of keeping religion out of politics but doesn’t he remember that as a pracharak he went around organising rath yatra for demolition of Babri masjid.”
Accusing the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre of openly acting intolerant and persecuting minorities, Singh said, “What was the crime of Akhlaq, who was lynched by a mob? These were the people of Mahesh Sharma, who is a cabinet minister in the Modi government.” “People who make provocative statements are in Modi cabinet. Modi makes conciliatory statements outside the country,” he said.
Stating that the Modi government has failed on the economic front as well as on the front of social harmony and also on matters of foreign policy, Singh said stating that the neighbouring country Nepal is up in arms against India.
Targeting the state government on the amendments to the Goa Agricultural Tenancy Act and the Goa Mundkars Act, Singh said, “Goa government has completed over three years and ruling party has proved to be a party of the landlords. Tenants have to approach the district civil court which is an expensive affair.”
Singh further said, “Parrikar and Modi promised special status to Goa. Would like to know whether even a proposal has been moved to the Finance Ministry? We will support the government if it proposes special status for Goa.”