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Goa RS polls: Cong plans non-BJP parties' 'consensus nominee'

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

After failing to form the in despite emerging as the single largest party in the assembly polls, the is now planning to field a "consensus candidate" of the non-parties for the lone seat in the state.

Talking to PTI, Committee secretary Girish Chodankar today said, "We will be fielding a candidate, who will be acceptable to all the parties. When I say that I mean all the non-parties."

has the lone seat, which is currently represented by leader Shantaram Naik. The to the RS seat would be held on June 8.

Chodankar said, "Congress will field a consensus candidate, who will be acceptable to all the parties, including the Forward Party, the Maharashrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and other independents, who are part of the Manohar Parrikar-led state

The Congress leader said, "The upcoming RS will be fought cutting across the party lines with the sole aim to have a non-candidate winning it."

When contacted, BJP Goa general secretary Sadanand Tanawade said his party was yet to decide the candidate, but it would be a choice of all the parties, which support the Parrikar-led

"We will meet tomorrow to finalise the name of the candidate for the RS polls," Tanawade said.

"Chief Minister will take a call on this. The candidate that BJP will field will have support of all the coalition partners," Tanawade said.

Goa Forward Party's mentor Vijai Sardesai was unavailable for comment, but a senior party functionary said that they were yet to take decision on the RS poll.

"Ideally, we will go with the ruling government as we are part of it," he said.

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First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 18:22 IST