Kiran Kandolkar claims IPAC abandoned candidates after polls


Panaji: The rift between the Goa unit of Trinamool Congress Party and strategist Prashant Kishor came to the fore on Monday when former’s chief Kiran Kandolkar accused the later of abandoning the candidates.

Kandolkar said that the candidates are upset over the behaviour of Prashant Kishor and the IPAC after the polls.

Goa went for polls on February 14 in which Trinamool Congress Party had contested in pre-poll alliance with Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party.  Kandolkar had contested from Aldona Assembly seat while his wife, Kavita, was fielded from Thivim.

Ruling out his resignation from the post as Goa Unit chief, Kandolkar told reporters on Monday “I am not quitting as President of TMC Goa but I am upset with Prashant Kishor and team of IPAC.”

He said that most of the party candidates also feel that they have been abandoned by IPAC after the polls. All the candidates fielded by TMC has “some or other issues with IPAC,” he added.

“When candidates told me about their issues with Prashant Kishor and his team of IPAC, I discussed the issue with my workers,  who adviced me to quit as the President of TMC Goa,” he said.

Kandolkar said that he is not quitting from the party though he is upset with Prashant Kishor and his team. He said that a meeting of all the candidates of the party is called on Tuesday to discuss the polling in their respective assembly constituencies.


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