Congress tickets delayed, now waiting for Holy Easter

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Panaji: The infighting in Congress seems not to end as the age-old party which has been in alliance with other like-minded parties is yet to decide its candidates for Goa Parliamentary seats.

The sources in the party claimed that the groups within the Congress is one of the reason why party could not decide its candidate despite the fact that GPCC chief Amit Patkar and Leader of Opposition Yuri Alemao visiting Delhi often.

The party workers are waiting for the announcement as the campaign is yet to officially begin, while its competitors — Bharatiya Janata Party and Revolutionary Goans Party are full swing on the field, with their candidates.

The struggle for North Goa Parliamentary seat continues as Ramakant Khalap, Vijay Bhike in the race. A group of party leaders are also supporting loyal congressman Sunil Kawthankar for the ticket.

During the initial stages, Khalap getting ticket from North Goa was almost sure till certain developments occurred. Khalap still remains to lead the race. Kawthankar might emerge as a wild card entry for the party.

The real struggle for the party is to decide candidate for South Goa seat. Sitting MP Francisco Sardinha, congress veteran Girish Chodankar, war veteran and Congress leader Capt Viriato Fernandes were in the race. Suddenly, there were rumours of Amit Patkar being included in the list and even before the news could be confirmed, another rumour was that Yuri Alemao is also being perceived to contest from South.

The problem of plenty seems to be plaguing the Congress party in South Goa.

The delay to announce the candidate will make the party difficult to win the seats as the cadres are yet to be charged up. There is no narrative for the campaign or any direction from the party leadership.

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