Panaji: Ahead of the crucial four day long visit of All India Congress Committee Observer Dinesh Gundu Rao, Goa Congress Chief Girish Chodankar has said that the decision on pre-poll alliance for upcoming Goa election would be taken by central leadership after consulting local leaders and the cadres.
Rao is arriving on a four day visit on Thursday to the coastal state where he will be working on reorganising the party. The state is heading for General Elections in February 2022.
Chodankar said that Rao will be meeting various leaders and the cadres during his program in Goa. On asked whether there will be talks on alliance, he said “the Central leadership will take the decision on alliance after consulting local leaders, cadres and taking opinion of the people.”
He said that the local leaders will give their frank opinion on the pre-poll alliance with various parties.
Goa Forward Party (GFP) has already expressed its willingness to have a pre-poll tie up with Congress party to defeat BJP.
When asked about the proposal of GFP, Chodankar reacted “Goa unit has nothing to do with the decision on alliance. We will only provide our inputs.”
Chodankar had tendered his resignation from the post of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President, after the party’s defeat in Zilla Panchayat election, which is yet to be accepted by the party high command.
Asked whether he would withdraw the resignation or ask the party to relieve him, he commented “this is something that should be discussed in a public forum. I have told the party about my views.”
Chodankar said that the Congress party has its “strong presence” in 30 (out of 40) assembly constituencies and can add 4-5 more constituencies to its kitty in the days to come.