Ignored by Congress, NCP-Shiv Sena announce alliance


Goemkarponn desk

PANAJI: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Shiv Sena today announced an alliance ahead of the Goa Assembly Elections.
NCP-Shiv Sena alliance also informed that the first list of candidates will be announced in a day or two.
“We will contest on a substantial number of candidates for the Goa Assembly Elections; we will announce the first list in a day or two; NCP and Congress party aren’t in talks regarding the upcoming Goa Assembly Elections when asked about their alliance,” said Patel.
He further said that congress thinks it can fight the Goa Assembly elections on its own, and it t is up to them. We are not talking to them anymore. NCP and Shiv Sena will fight this election together. NCP will definitely win a few seats in Goa.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that Political dynamics are different in Maharashtra and Goa.
“Shiv Sena and NCP will contest together in Goa assembly elections. There was a discussion on seat sharing today. Only after that it will be clear who will contest on how many seats.” said Raut.
He said that NCP, Shiv Sena, Congress are in alliance in Maharashtra. However, at the moment, Congress has decided to contest alone without forming a coalition with any other party in the state.
“We held discussions with the Congress, but there was no outcome. The Shiv Sena and the NCP tried to form a ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’, like that in Maharashtra, in Goa, but Congress leaders think they can get the majority on their own,” Sanjay Raut.
Shiv Sena Goa Pritesh Jitesh Kamat said their talks with Congress hit a roadblock over the seats to be shared.
“The Congress was offering seats like Priol, Porvorim, Pernem, and Sanvordem, while we were eager to contest from Mapusa and Siolim, where our workers have been active for the past five years,” Kamat said.
The Sena is likely to contest 15 seats, mainly in North Goa, which borders Maharashtra.
He charged that the politics of Goa revolved around 10 to 12 corrupt individuals who often jumped ship from one party to another and had links with the land and drugs mafias. The BJP recently inducted those linked to the drugs mafia, added Raut.

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