Congress in Goa has vowed not to repeat the post-election fiasco in 2017 when its leadership, despite being the largest single party, delayed filing a letter to form a government in the coastal state, resulting in the BJP hastily cobbled together an alliance to form a government.
At a party event in the city of Mapusa late Tuesday, former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, who is also the All India Congress Committee’s chief observer for the Goa polls, also said that if Congress breaks the magic number of 21 at the 40-member convention, the party would write to the governor within five minutes to claim power.
“I assure you that once you have the majority in Goa, a government will be formed. The 2017 mistakes won’t happen. Immediate decisions will be made in Panaji, the governor will determine the Congress party’s entitlement to form the government and appoint the chief minister, “said Chidambaram at a party event in Mapusa, North Goa District.
“No worries, no hesitation … I give you my word, as soon as we exceed the magic number, the government will be ours …”, said Chidambaram.
The former Union minister described the series of conversions in the Goa Congress as a “sad chapter” in the party’s history that will not be repeated in the future.
Thirteen congressional MLAs have left the party since 2017 to join the ruling BJP.
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