Yet to zero in on candidates for LS polls and by-polls; Luizinho likely to get South Goa ticket; Names of Girish and Ravi being discussed
PANJIM: As there is still some time for the Lok Sabha polls and by-elections for Mandrem, Shiroda and now Mapusa to be announced, the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee, as usual, is yet to zero in on its candidates for both – North and South Goa seats as well as for the by-polls.
GPCC President Girish Chodankar has said that the party has already begun process to identify the candidates in North and South Goa Lok Sabha constituencies.
However, he has refused to name them saying that let the time come.
On by-polls, he said, “Let the ruling party announce its candidates first.”
As of now, Luizinho Faleiro is likely to get Congress ticket to contest from South Goa for upcoming LS polls besides others namely Adv Pratima Coutinho, Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco and former chief minister Francisco Sardinha.
Sources revealed that Faleiro, who has strong connections in Delhi, has emerged as a frontrunner in the race for the South Goa seat.
The other contenders including Sardinha and Coutinho have been left behind. Both – Sardinha and Coutinho – are trying their level best to get the ticket by lobbying hard in New Delhi.
What makes Faleiro the favourite, is his experience of working in Delhi and of handling seven States as secretary of All India Congress Committee.
However, the party is yet to even figure out the names for the North Goa seat. Names of Girish Chodankar and Ravi Naik are being discussed so as to garner the Bhandari Samaj votes.
On the other hand, the BJP will field the same names for the Lok Sabha, AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik for North and Narendra Sawaikar for South.
“The names have been sent to parliamentary committee and they will make a formal announcement,” BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said. On by-polls, he said, “Let the polls be announced, we will see.”
BJP’s Mapusa headache: With the son of former deputy chief minister late Francis D’Souza vowing to take his father’s legacy forward, the BJP leaders would have sleepless nights.
Unlike his father, Joshua does not seem to have keen interest in BJP ticket and alliance partner Vijai Sardesai stated that he would back the junior D’Souza.
He was speaking during the funeral Mass on Saturday, which was attended by thousands to bid farewell to their favourite leader.
“We will carry his legacy with pride and grace the way he wanted it. After his demise, I will continue to serve the people of Mapusa the way he did. My father was a man of the people unlike others. He was always there for the people of Mapusa. All he wanted was to get better and back on his feet only for the people,” he said.
Joshua’s statement comes a day after Goa Forward party chief Vijai Sardesai commented that he would back the former in carrying forward the legacy of late Francis D’Souza.
“My mother has been a pillar of strength to my father and us. She would look after him tirelessly that’s how he made it to 64. My mother made sure that she was at home for lunch and dinner,” Joshua said.
MGP jumps the gun again: Interestingly, the MGP too has decided to throw its hat in the ring in Mapusa.
MGP has made its intentions clear to contest in Mandrem and Shiroda and already has a candidate for Mapusa in Vinod Phadke, who had pocketed over 4000 votes.