MARGAO: Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate for Cuncolim Jorson Fernandes said voting for Congress means voting for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and claimed that TMC is here to protect and guard the democratic norms and ethos of this country.
Addressing the media persons along with TMC Navelim candidate Valanka Alemao and MP Sushmita Dev, he also alleged that the Congress and BJP are two sides of the same coin.
"We will work against the divisive forces that are trying to divide us. Want to protect all those people who want to work together. We have also asked other parties to get in touch with us in these regards so that we all can work together. And we have also seen the reaction to this from the Congress,” said Fernandes.
"We have seen this in 2017, wherein the mandate of the people was not being respected by the Congress. People of Goa had given them 17 MLAs, and now left with two, which means the mandate of the people, is not respected. Congress party would have easily formed and run the government,” said Fernandes.
He further appealed to the people to think twice before voting for the Congress candidate. Fernandes claimed the induction of Michael Lobo joined Congress to help the BJP.
Alemao said Congress always had a double standard in terms of lies.
"The false propaganda is something they are desperate to do, as they have seen the TMC party gaining momentum in just less than three months, and hence the Congress and other parties are trying to divide the people of Goa,” alleged Alemao.
Dev said that Congress’s situation will be seen after the election results.
"It is very sad to see that the oldest party of the country after giving nominations to the candidates is forced to take a pledge from them that they will remain loyal to the party once elected. It clearly shows that this party has no faith in their candidates,” said Dev.
She further added that the pledge taken by the Congress candidates has an expiry date that is March 10. Dev also said that the candidate for the Velim constituency will be announced as per the procedures.