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Congress ready to contest ZP elections on party lines



The Congress is expected to contest the zilla panchayat elections on party lines which will be held on March 22, 2020.

However, the official announcement will be made by the party on Wednesday.

Sources in the party said that Opposition leader Digambar Kamat has been “convinced” at a meeting of the party’s executive committee held on Tuesday evening that the ZP polls should be fought on party symbol.

It has been indicated that the party is expected to contest the polls in 30-40 ZP segments.

On February 20, Kamat had said the legislature wing of the party decided not to contest the election on party lines. The decision had disappointed the North Goa district committee and other frontal organisations of the Congress.

Interacting with media persons in Panaji after the Tuesday’s meeting,

Kamat said that he does not want to send a signal to the voters that there is a “divide” within the Congress on the issue.

He informed that the executive committee has authorised Goa pradesh Congress committee president Girish Chodankar to take a final call only after reaching ‘consensus’ and consultation with party MLAs.

Congress MLAs Pratapsing Rane, Luizinho Faleiro, Ravi Naik and Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco did not attend the crucial meeting.

“At the last meeting, party workers had been of the opinion that the Congress should fight the election on party symbol in those ZP constituencies where we have a strong presence. Wherever the Congress is not strong we can have some understanding with somebody who is capable of defeating the BJP. Today we have heard them (the workers) again, and tomorrow our president will announce our decision,” Kamat explained.

When asked whether the decision has already been taken on contesting the ZP polls on party lines, Kamat said, “They (party workers) are saying… you don’t put words in my mouth. I don’t want the MLAs to say that I have sold them. The party president will announce the decision in consultation with them (MLAs).” 

Chodankar said that he will announce the decision on Wednesday, adding that “we are trying to build the consensus…  It has been projected that there is a division. There is no division; we are in one voice to defeat the BJP”.

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