Congress forges tie-up with Goa Forward, takes Tribal MLA who joined TMC in October

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Congress forges tie-up with Goa Forward, takes Tribal MLA who joined TMC in October
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NEW DELHI: Goa Forward Party entered into a formal alliance with the Congress on Tuesday following a meeting of party president Vijay Sardesai with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

Sardesai met Gandhi along with independent MLA Prasad Shashikant Gaonkar, the only tribal in the 40-member Goa assembly, who had pledged support to the TMC in October. Gaonkar, whose brother Sandesh also joined the party in the presence of TMC MP Dereck O’brien, had been welcomed on Twitter by TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee.

The move, sources in the Congress said, was a “quiet but decisive” response to TMC’s aggressive poaching of Congress leaders.

After Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Goa late last month, Congress will now deploy Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to the sea-side state, sources in the know said.

Following their hour-long meeting with Gandhi, Sardesai, Gaonkar and MLA Vinod Palyekar pledged to fight with Congress against the BJP. The GFP was an ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and was being wooed by the Trinamool Congress, which had been seeking a merger of the party with TMC.

On Twitter, Sardesai said, “Met Shri @RahulGandhi along with my colleagues @prasadgaonkr13 and @vinod_palyekar. We agreed to fight resolutely, wholeheartedly and unitedly on behalf of the people of #Goa to end the utterly corrupt, incompetent, and undemocratic reign of @BJP4Goa #ChalYaFuddem!” He also tweeted a photo of the leaders with Rahul.

Met Shri @RahulGandhi along with my colleagues @prasadgaonkr13 and @vinod_palyekar. We agreed to fight resolutely,… https://t.co/Zwy9NjZLhV

— Vijai Sardesai (@VijaiSardesai) 1638275749000

Sardesai also said he was “proud” to be working on the “second liberation of Goa”. This time, used a picture of him with Rahul Gandhi. “Continuance of Goa under @BJP4Goa rule is an impossibility! Met with Shri @RahulGandhi. Proud to be working for the 2nd liberation of #Goa with the great grandson of the person who enabled the 1st! The curse of the communal and anti-Goan @DrPramodPSawant govt will be blown away!” he said.

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