Mahagathbandhan ‘Cholbe Na’ for Congress ??

The Congress’ “Ekla Chalo”, Mahagathbandhan “Cholbe Na” attitude has punctured the hopes of mahagathbandhan to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Chief Minister Dr PRamod Sawant. After months of parley, no concrete movement has taken place regarding the grand alliance and the one-to-one-contest concept.
Mind you, Congress wanted to contest all 40 seats, and some leaders were not even ready for alliance with the Goa Forward. But finally, it agreed after a lot of deliberations. It is learnt that Congress has agreed to give five seats to Goa Forward.
Further, if Congress goes for an alliance with two more parties, TMC-MGP, it would be suicidal for them as TMC wants to contest at least 12 seats and MGP 12 seats, leaving Congress with only 11 seats to contest.
SURAJ NANDREKAR
Editor, Goemkapronn

Suddenly after realising that whatever efforts are taken so far for defeating the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party are not enough, the Opposition is now planning to moot a Mahagathbandhan – an alliance between Congress-Goa Forward-TMC-MGP.
A day after MGP MLA Sudin Dhavalikar announced that the TMC-MGP is looking for a tripartite alliance to defeat the BJP, the Goa Forward and the TMC have responded positively to the idea.
However, there has been no response from the Congress party so far.
The Congress’ “Ekla Chalo”, Mahagathbandhan “Cholbe Na” attitude has punctured the hopes of mahagathbandhan to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Chief Minister Dr PRamod Sawant. After months of parley, no concrete movement has taken place regarding the grand alliance and the one-to-one-contest concept.
Mind you, Congress wanted to contest all 40 seats, and some leaders were not even ready for alliance with the Goa Forward. But finally, it agreed after a lot of deliberations. It is learnt that Congress has agreed to give five seats to Goa Forward.
Further, if Congress goes for an alliance with two more parties, TMC-MGP, it would be suicidal for them as TMC wants to contest at least 12 seats and MGP 12 seats, leaving Congress with only 11 seats to contest.
Congress has already announced the first list of eight candidates, which means it is now left with just a few more seats if it goes for the alliance.
The Congress must only agree to an alliance if it gets to fight 25 seats and the other three parties fight 15 seats so that it has a clear shot at the absolute majority on its own.
After snatching defeat from jaws of victory in 2017, this is Congress best shot at perfect majority, and it it joins the Mahagathbandhan at this stage, wherein it is in a dominating position, it would only dash hopes of forming a government on its own. Also, Congress has to study whether the Mahagathbandhan would really help them?
Whether the votes of Goa Forward, MGP will really transfer to their candidates. The TMC, indeed, does not have any vote share in Goa, and we have said n number of times banners don’t get you votes.
Simply buying MLAs and political leaders would not win elections; other Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani would have been prime ministers buying MPs. It is a bad idea for any party to form an alliance with TMC in Goa as the party has just a handful of workers, who too are bought by sheer money power.
So the Congress would certainly not benefit in any way from this so-called mahagathbandhan.
Following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s by-election reverses last month in some states, the consensus in the commentariat clearly leans towards a grand alliance (mahagathbandhan) of Opposition parties of the sort that humbled the BJP in Bihar in 2015 and in three recent Uttar Pradesh parliamentary by-elections.
To sum up, the BJP is facing a serious erosion of votes, making the 2022 election much more competitive than in 2012 or 2017.

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