Party to now focus on reviving lost ground, go on its own
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PANJIM: Alleging that its alliance with Congress party has indirectly led to its downfall in the March 2012 Assembly polls, State unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), for the moment, is raring to go on its own in the political arena in Goa.
Newly appointed observer for the NCP Goa unit, Sandesh Kandvilkar addressing a press conference in Panjim said, “We have a lot of introspection to do,” stating further that the prime focus at the moment is to revive lost ground and strengthen the party at all levels.
He disclosed that until elections to the executive committee are held,
the committee would be re-nominated.
He said that the focus would be to strengthen the party base at both the district levels in a bid to gear up for the Lok Sabha elections scheduled in 2014 and thereafter the State Assembly polls in 2017.
Kandvilkar said that being associated with the Congress party in Goa which was allegedly tainted as corrupt, has reflected on the NCP Goa unit in the just concluded Assembly polls.
“As of now, we are gearing to go on our own,” he reiterated adding that political circumstances would decide future alliances, if any.
He also said that he would be camping in Goa twice a month and would meet party workers and people at the grass root levels, which will help to analyse what went wrong and what amends need to be made.
Replying to queries, the NCP’s Central observer to Goa, who is also the General Secretary of the Maharashtra NCP, said that the Goa unit of the NCP, though without an MLA in the Assembly will work as an effective opposition from the outside.
“We will take up issues affecting people and hold dharnas and agitations as and when required.”
Following the press conference on Sunday afternoon, a party worker of NCP alleged harassment by BJP party workers in Vasco.
A complaint to this has been filed before Goa Governor and Human Rights Protection Council, Delhi.
The complainant one Sayed Shah Abdullah, a fruit vendor, alleged that BJP supporters have damaged his shop located in Vasco market as he refused to switch sides.
Kandvilkar said that he would take up this matter till justice is done to his party supporters and workers.