Even as Congress is yet to decide on forming an alliance with like-minded parties in the coastal state, newly floated Goa Forward has staked claim on five seats for upcoming Assembly election. "Non-BJP government in Goa is our goal.
Give us five seats and we will ensure that we win all of them," Goa Forward President Prabhakar Timble said today. The newly formed party mentored by independent legislator Vijai Sardesai has staked claim on Velim, Fatorda, Siolim, Saligao and Mapusa seats. "We guarantee five MLAs to the alliance (led by Congress) to form the next non-BJP government," he said. The Congress leaders are currently holding meetings in Delhi to decide whether or not to have an alliance with like minded parties like Goa Forward, NCP and United Goans Party during the upcoming Goa polls. Timble said Goa Forward can also wrestle Navelim seat but since the local unit president of Congress Luizinho Faleiro wants it, etiquette demands that we should not ask for it. Congress has already announced 27 candidates in Goa which includes Faleiro who would be contesting from Navelim. Senior Congress leader Girish Chodankar said the party will announce its decision related to alliance either today evening or by tomorrow. The process to file nominations for February 4 polls has already began in the State. Congress candidate Digambar Kamat was the first one to file nomination from Margao seat.
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