Elected representatives from the Congress party in Goa have gone into overdrive, blaming the over ambitious Vijai Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party for whatever happened in Goa.
According to a senior Congress leader who spoke to IndiaNewsNet.IN, the deal between the BJP and Vijai Sardesai was worked out even before the results were declared. “They (the BJP and Vijai) were only waiting for the results to be declared,” alleged one Congress leader from South Goa.
Another Congress leader speaking to IndiaNewsNet.IN on condition of anonymity alleged that Vijai has been promised Rs 10 crore by Nitin Gadkari and Manohar Parrikar to support the BJP and make sure that the “Trust Vote” in the assembly goes through without any hurdle.
The Congress also claimed that Vijai only went through sham negotiations with the Congress to show the Congress he was interested. His had already sold is heart and soul to the BJP as soon as the elections were over. “In fact, Vijai called some senior Congress leaders for final talks to Hotel Mandovi at Panjim on Sunday afternoon, kept them waiting for over two hours and then switched off his phone,” said another Congress leader alleging that Vijai Sardesai has committed the criminal act of cheating and breach of trust with the people of Goa. We never expected him to behave like this as we considered him part and parcel of our own, the leader added.
A Congress leader from South Goa who was considered a close friend of Vijai Sardesai for the last few years did not know what was happening. About two hours before Vijai Sardesai left for the meeting with Nitin Gadkari of the BJP, the concerned Congressman spoke to this reporter on phone. “I do not think Vijai will align with the BJP,” was his ‘close friends’ reply when asked if rumours that Vijai had cracked a deal with the BJP were true. Even his own party men from the Goa Forward Party were not aware as to what was going on in Vijai’s mind. “He kept all of us in the dark,” said an associate from the GFP.
Another Congress leader alleged that Vijai was demanding the Dy CM’s post for himself and Cabinet berths for the other two GFP ministers. “With so many former CMs and senior Congress men it was not possible to give cabinet minister ship to all GFP ministers,” he said. “It is only his (Vijai Sardesai’s) greed and lust for power. All his talk about Goem, Goemkar and Goemkarponn is bullshit. He is an opportunist who would even keep his own wife and family in the dark if it suits his devious goals,” alleged the Congressman.