Congress cannot win Goa elections if it contests alone, warns Shiv Sena
'The Congress has only three MLAs in Goa. The party's MLAs have deserted it en masse. We (Shiv Sena and NCP) had offered to support the Congress in its difficult times. But I don't know what the Congress is thinking,' said Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut
New Delhi: The Shiv Sena is upset at being given a cold shoulder by Congress over its proposal to repeat the Maharashtra coalition experiment in the Goa Assembly elections.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said the political situation in Goa is such that the Congress cannot go beyond single-digit if it contests the assembly polls in the coastal state on its own.
"The Congress has only three MLAs in Goa. The party's MLAs have deserted it en masse. Key political parties, we (Shiv Sena and NCP) had offered to support the Congress in its difficult times. But I don't know what Congress is thinking. It cannot cross the single-digit mark if it contests alone," Raut told reporters.
Raut, who had held a round of discussions with AICC in-charge of Goa Dinesh Gundurao, CLP leader Digambar Kamat and Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar, said he had placed a proposal that the Congress contest on 30 of the 40 assembly seats and leave the rest for its allies.
He said the 10 assembly seats, where Congress has not won elections in the past 50 years, could be allocated to Shiv Sena, NCP and the Goa Forward Party.
Raut, a Rajya Sabha member, said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was favourable to the idea of an alliance but the local Congress leadership had a different view.
He added the Shiv Sena was ready to support the candidature of former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's son Utpal should he decide to take the political plunge in the Assembly polls.
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