Goa Pradesh Congress Committee Chairman Girish Chodankar tenders resignation after defeat
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee Chairman Girish Chodankar tendered his resignation, accepting moral responsibility for the party’s performance in the assembly elections. In the 40-member Goa Assembly elections held last month, the Bharatiya Janta Party won 20 seats, while the Congress won 11 and its alliance partner Goa Forward one.
The BJP will claim the formation of the next government in the coastal state as it has received support from the Independent MP as well as the MGP. Meanwhile, incumbent Goa Congress President Alex Sequeira, Vice President Sankalp Amonkar and Elvis Gomes are the favorites for the GPCC post. The name of Digamber Kamat, leader of the opposition in the state, is also in the list of favorites.
The Goa Congress is yet to decide on the Legislative Party Leader
The Goa Congress has yet to make a decision on its party’s leader in the Legislative Assembly, even three days after the announcement of the state assembly election results. According to media sources, the Goa Congress unit did not hold a single meeting after failing to reach a majority of 21 in the 40-member Assembly.
Earlier, a senior Congress official said the Congress-GFP alliance would appoint its leader immediately after the election results were released.
However, talking to PTI On Sunday, a congressional chief on condition of anonymity said, “We have not yet received an invitation for a meeting after the count.” Congressman-elect Michael Lobo said a decision on the party’s leader in the Legislative Assembly would be made “at the right time”.
Goa governor calls for convening of new state assembly on March 15
With the term of the outgoing Goa Assembly ending on March 15 this year, PS State Governor Sreedharan Pillai on Tuesday called for the convening of the new state assembly. Notably, earlier on Saturday, Governor Pillai dissolved the previous assembly with immediate effect.
Earlier on Saturday, March 12, Pramod Sawant tendered his resignation as Chief Minister of Goa. After accepting the resignation, Governor Pillai appointed Pramod Sawant as acting CM until the next government is formed. Meanwhile, two BJP central observers reportedly held meetings with elected MPs on Monday evening, sources said. Top BJP leaders BL Santhosh and Piyush Goyal were expected to arrive in Goa late in the evening, a senior party official said, adding that they will hold individual meetings with the party’s 20 elected MPs.
(With PTI inputs)