PANAJI: A section of Congress MLAs in Goa want action against those responsible for the party’s failure to form government in the state despite emerging as the single largest party in the assembly elections.
The leaders have sought appointment with the party vice-president Rahul Gandhi to apprise him about the “mismanagement” by the senior leaders who had been deputed by the central leadership.
The anguish of the party MLAs’ seems to be directed at AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh, who has been handling the party affairs in Goa.
Acting swiftly, the BJP which ended up as the second largest party staked the claim to form the government.
Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday took oath as chief minister for the fourth time, after the BJP managed to cobble up a disparate coalition of the local outfits and independents.
The BJP has won 13 seats, four less than the Congress which bagged 17 seats in the 40-member House.
Congress MLA Vishwajeet Rane said a group of party legislators met in Panaji on Tuesday night and vented their anguish regarding the political scenario.
“It seems those leaders sent from Delhi never wanted Congress to form government in Goa. Congress should know the kind of mismanagement done by the in charge of the party who came here from Delhi, which will finish the party,” Rane said.
“I have written to Rahul Gandhi asking him to take action against those responsible for the failure to form the government despite being the single largest party in Goa,” he said.
Rane has also written a letter to Rahul Gandhi seeking an appointment.
The pre and post election matters of Congress in Goa were handled by Digvijaya Singh and the party secretary Chellakumar.
“Ideally, the CLP leader should have been elected immediately (after the poll results). Party’s Goa in charge has done this mismanagement.
“Those who were in charge of Goa are experienced people. They should have understood the steps needed to be taken immediately to form the government,” the Valpoi MLA said.
He rued the “swift moves” by the BJP in enlisting the support of the smaller parties.
The Congress leaders are still smarting from the failure of the party managers to cobble up any post-poll alliance to attain power, despite emerging as the single largest party in the assembly elections.