If Girish is a scapegoat for Congress’ loss; What about Digambar?

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It is also true that Congress failed to cash in on the solid anti-incumbency against Dr Pramod Sawant’s government, but the BJP played their cards tactically well and engineered splits in Congress votes.
But is Girish Chodankar the only one responsible? What about the leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat, who had already started dreaming about the Chief Minister’s chair? Does he not have any responsibility? In the last few months ahead of elections, the Leader of Opposition in the previous Assembly, Kamat, had kept himself away from the party works. He was only seen when he was called by party leaders.

 

SURAJ NANDREKAR
Editor, Goemkarponn

 

As expected after the March 10 assembly election results, Girish Chodankar has resigned from his post as President of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee.
The decision was on expected lines as the Congress party has suffered defeat in the recently concluded Assembly Election polls.
Girish tendered his resignation to the All India Congress Committee (AICC), taking moral responsibility for the defeat.
Agreed, after every election defeat, there are calls for heads to roll, and Girish has been in the eye of the storm for a long time now. His resignation twice after the defeats have been rejected by the AICC.
We also agree that there were certain things that Girish & Co failed to understand, like the Revolutionary Goans factor, the AAP and the TMC and the TMC.
It is also true that Congress failed to cash in on the solid anti-incumbency against Dr Pramod Sawant’s government, but the BJP played their cards tactically well and engineered splits in Congress votes.
But is Girish Chodankar the only one responsible? What about the leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat, who had already started dreaming about the Chief Minister’s chair? Does he not have any responsibility? In the last few months ahead of elections, the Leader of Opposition in the previous Assembly, Kamat, had kept himself away from the party works. He was only seen when he was called by party leaders.
Despite being the “unannounced” CM candidate of the Congress, Kamat did not lead from the front. Every Goan knows if Congress was elected to power, it would have been Kamat who would have been sitting in CMs chair by now. Only winning Margao’s seat is not the job of a senior leader. Congress lost miserably in Kamat’s own neighbouring constituencies – Curtorim, Benaulim, and Navelim were the worst. Kamat could have easily helped party candidates a few kilometres away in these constituencies, if not far away.
Can he tell us how much campaigning he has done in neighbouring constituencies? He was worried about his own seat in Margao as he felt threatened by Babu Azgaonkar. In that case, credit has to be given to Michale Lobo, who, despite BJP’s threat, was wandering in all neighbouring constituencies of Mapusa, Saligao, Siolim, Aldona and Thivim and won four seats for Congress in Bardez. Now, what is Digambar Kamat’s contribution to this election?
But no, the blame has to go on Girish Chodankar because he was the party president, and there is no responsibility of Digambar Kamat, AICC Goa Desk in charge of Dinesh Gundu Rao and the Super Super AICC leader P Chidambaram.
Mind you, Dinesh Gundu Rao, KC Venugopal and P Chidambaram stayed in the lavish five-star hotels for a major part in the last five months. Their business class airfare was also managed by the Goa Congress.
More importantly, all significant decisions, right from tickets to strategies to granting entires, inductions etc., were all managed by AICC, and Girish Chodankar had just become a rubber stamp. So how is Girish responsible? Or is he just a sacrificial lamb?
If the Gandhis – Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka are not responsible and continue to lead the Congress facing defeat after defeat, including the recent five States, how is Girish accountable for loss in Goa?
If the Congress Working Committee has rejected the resignation offer, then why not AICC reject Girish’s resignation? If Girish is responsible for Congress’ downfall in Goa, it is Gandhis, who have decimated the Congress in entire India, and that is a sad truth, very few will want to accept.
The failure in Goa is collective, and the response has to be taken by everyone, be it Girish, P Chidambaram, Dinesh Gundu Rao, KC Venugopal, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and finally Sonia Gandhi too.
Girish cannot be the scapegoat. If his resignation is accepted, even Digambar Kamat also has no right to be the CLP leader or the Leader of Opposition as he has time and again failed to lead the Congress – to save himself from the BJP onslaught.
Alright, Girish has now tendered his resignation, so it is now time to make amends – make a new fresh face as the party president, maybe, Sankalp Amonkar, and also make someone like Michael Lobo as the CLP Leader, which will give a fresh lease of life to the Congress in Goa. Thus keeping the oldies like Kamats and Alexio Sequeira out of power.

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