The Nationalist Congress Party is in talks with Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and the Congress to fight the Goa assembly elections together, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said today.
“The Trinamool, the NCP and the Congress are negotiating. We have given them our preferred seats. A decision will be taken soon,” Mr Power said.
Voting will take place in Goa on 14 February.
“We have discussed the merger in Goa and the talks are still going on. No decision has been taken yet. Goa needs to change and the BJP government needs to change,” Mr Power said.
The Congress, however, denied that it was negotiating an alliance with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s party in Goa.
“There is no alliance or dialogue with the Trinamool Congress. Despite the efforts of the Trinamool Congress, the Congress has made it clear that the whole Trinamool system and efforts in Goa – from day one – were negative and aimed at attacking the Congress, instead of the BJP,” said Congress leader Dinesh R. Gundu yesterday. “They have victimized our legislators and now they want an alliance to give them seats,” he added.
The BJP saw two exits in Goa yesterday – MLA Praveen Jante resigned from the ruling party just hours after Goa Minister Michael Lobo left the BJP, saying it was no longer “a party for the common man”. Mr Jante is the fourth MLA to step down from the party before the state election. The BJP now has 23 MLAs in the 40-member powerful House.