Congress candidates in Goa swears affidavit to pledge loyalty towards party


Panaji: After being defection-prone during the current tenure of Goa Legislative Assembly, the Congress party on Friday made all its candidates to swear an affidavit of loyalty in presence of senior party leader Rahul Gandhi.

The affidavit was signed also by the candidates of Goa Forward Party, who has entered into pre-poll alliance with Congerss in the state. Gandhi is on a day long visit to the coastal state where he would be addressing a public meeting later during the day.

AICC General Secretary K Venugopal, party’s Goa election incharge P Chidambaram, state desk incharge Dinesh Gundu Rao and Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Girish Chodankar was also present for the event.

Led by leader of opposition Digambar Kamat, who is amongst the two MLAs of the party left in the Assembly, the candidates read out the affidavit which promises that they will not resign from the party or switch over to any other political outfit during next five years.

The Congress party which had won on 17 seats in 2017 Assembly election was reduced to mere two after several of its MLAs resigned or en-mass joined other political parties including BJP and Trinamool Congress Party.

Gandhi arrived in the poll bound state on Friday morning after which he participated in the door-to-door campaign at Mormugao Assembly constituency.

He would be addressing a public meeting at Sankhalim later during the day.



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