Party needs ‘Hand’ support to get that extra mileage in ballot battle. Shweta Kamat takes a ringside view
The newly formed so called people’s party - Goa Forward - touted as B team of BJP by some, many find the party as a B plan of Congress leaders who have an option to switch over, if their own party denies them ticket or refuses to form a grand alliance. But the question is where Goa Forward will march if national party like Congress denies forming alliance with them.
Clearly funded and mentored by Independent Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardessai, the party has been harping on the Goan identity wanting to respect the people’s sentiments.
Considering the fact that other Independent MLAs like Rohan Khaunte and Naresh Sawal are brushing shoulders with Sardesai in their tirade against the BJP-led government, it is imminent that Khaunte and Sawal will try the possibility of winning 2017 polls by entering this party. But there is no assurance coming from both the legislators who have turned into best buddies of Sardesai on the floor of the House.
The mentors and well wishers of Goa Forward party know it well that their entire political master plan to rule the State can turn hollow, if they don’t get the support of big brother Congress party. Without Congress, they will have to really try hard to win, at times save the deposit of their candidates. But this is not a big worry for the leaders.
“Goa Forward did not come into existence thinking of grand alliance. All this while, we were talking about grand alliance to respect people’s sentiments. In the current scenario, Goa Forward is capable enough to go all alone without any party support. But Congress has lost its charisma and are left with no hope then to go for an alliance,” Sardessai told HERALD.
“We have young, new and dynamic faces to contest against Congress and BJP. We don’t need anyone. I can assure post election, no party will be able to form government without us,” he stated clearly.
Nevertheless, Sardesai himself knows that it would be difficult for him to edge past his BJP rival in Fatorda constituency if there is division of votes. It would be difficult for Goa Forward to go really forward as their agenda of Goan-ness does not seem to be selling too well for masses in absence of leaders to market it.
Congress Goa Chief Luizinho Faleiro, who is a seasoned politician, has grasped well the desperation of Goa Forward to join hands. His political experience tells him that it would be fatal to announce alliance with like-minded parties at this point of time as the Congress block committees where tickets are assured to like-minded politicos will turn docile.
Goa Forward might make some dent in Salcette constituency. But outside it, the newly formed party seems to have no takers. Khaunte and Sawal might try to win their own seats, with or without Goa Forward.
“Goa Forward will go independent in 2017 polls if no one is willing to form an alliance. The only aim of the party is to keep BJP away from forming the government and that is possible if all political forces join hands together. Since no one is ready, we will march independent and will ensure our win,” Sawal said.