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ZP elections: Congress to ‘field’ candidates



The executive committee of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) at its meeting held, on Friday, decided to field its candidates on party line, for the forthcoming election of the Zilla Panchayat (ZP), scheduled to be held in March-April, next year.

The Leader of the Opposition, Digambar Kamat, who attended the meeting, later said that the Congress party will have its candidates for the Zilla Panchayat elections contesting on the party symbol.

“However, if the Goa State Election Commission desires to provide its own symbols to the contesting candidates, then the Congress party will request the Commission to give same symbol to all the official Congress candidates,” he added.

Speaking further, Kamat said that the GPCC executive committee also discussed the recent direction from the Congress High Command as regards holding nationwide agitations against the faulty policies of the Narendra Modi government, which have resulted in economic crisis in the country.

“We have already received the guidelines about the agitation, however, since Section 144 has been imposed in Goa, the Congress High Command would be informed about this particular development,” he stated.

Furthermore, Kamat said that “the Congress would start its app-based membership drive soon. This drive initially conducted on a pilot basis in Goa, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh.”

“We will also appoint co-ordinators for this drive soon,” he noted.

The executive committee also decided that no compromise would be made on the Mhadei issue.

“Our demand is that the November 17 Environment Clearance letter issued by the Union Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change to the Karnataka government should be immediately withdrawn,” Kamat stated, pointing out, “Prakash Javadekar, who handles the particular ministry has assured the Goan delegation, which recently met him, that no injustice would be done to Goa.”

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