Rahul to visit Goa and interact with booth workers; Party leaders to tour constituencies to feel pulse of people
PANJIM: Ahead of the upcoming Parliamentary elections, Indian National Congress (INC) President Rahul Gandhi will visit Goa this month end, to interact with the party’s booth-level workers. Gandhi’s visit will kick start the Lok Sabha election campaign in the State, as Congress eyes a win in the North and South Goa seats.
This will be Gandhi’s first political visit to Goa after taking over as Congress President in December 2017.
Speaking to Herald, GPCC president Girish Chodankar said, “It is a grassroots level initiative to get engaged with booth-level workers and motivate them ahead of the polls. Rahul’s visit will give much needed boost to the party workers to gear up and face the election.”
Chodankar said the schedule has not been finalised but they have been informed that the INC president will visit Goa by this month end.
The first such meeting with booth workers was held in Mumbai, last year and since then, Gandhi has been working towards mobilising the workers ahead of the Lok Sabha election.
With the possibility of dates for the by-elections and Parliamentary election announced anytime from now, Congress has hit the ground with rallies planned in Quepem and Shiroda constituencies on Sunday.
Party leaders have begun fanning across the State in various constituencies to feel the pulse of the people, which would help them select the candidates.
Chodankar said party leaders will tour all 40 Assembly constituencies before finalising the candidates for the Lok Sabha polls. “We are launching our by-election campaign in Shiroda tomorrow (Sunday). We are getting huge response from the people in Shiroda, who feel betrayed. They are frustrated and have made up their mind to defeat the defector,” he stated.
Former Congress MLA Subhash Shirodkar resigned from the party and joined BJP in October, last year. He is slated to contest on a BJP ticket from Shiroda now.
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) has also directed the District Level Committees to complete the process of formation of pending booth-level committees across the constituencies before January 20.
BJP leader Mahadev Naik has approached us: Girish
Congress State president Girish Chodankar on Saturday said that former BJP Minister Mahadev Naik has approached the party expressing his desire to contest from Shiroda. “Mahadev Naik has approached us and has expressed his desire (to contest). But the decision will be taken by the booth workers and PCC only. We are not going to impose anyone on the people of Shiroda or Mandrem,” Chodankar said. Asked whether the party has candidates, Chodankar replied in positive. “We have candidates in both constituencies and they have started their work. But ultimately it is the people who will decide. We will contact each and everyone to know what they want,” he added. Mahila wing member Adv Diya Shetkar is making her presence in the constituency while another leader Hemant Samant has been promoted to the Pradesh Congress Committee.