NCP to support Congress for Mormugao by-election

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Panaji, Oct 3 (UNI) Goa NCP unit today decided to endorse its support to coalition partner Congress for the October 30 by-election to the Mormugao parliamentary constituency in South Goa.

Disclosing this to mediapersons here, state NCP president Dr Wilfred D'Souza said the party executive had earlier endorsed the decision to extend full support to the Congress candidate. But, it was for the Congress to decide the candidate after coming out of the party in-fighting.

The GPCC president Francisco Sardinha had not yet approached the NCP leadership for formal discussion on the support as the alliance partner, he said.

He, however, said the NCP would reconsider its decision if the party issues ticket to Valanka Alemao, advocate daughter of Save Goa Front (SGF) chief Churchill Alemao.

Meanwhile, the SGF executive has decided to support the candidature of Valanka if the Congress offers her the ticket for Mormugaqo, which fell vacant following Mr Alemao's resignation in May last.

Rebelling against the Congress, Mr Alemao had resigned to enter state politics and contested successfully as SGF chief from Navelim assembly segment after launching a vituperative campaign against Congress leadership.

Later, he joined the Congress-led Digambar Kamat government in August as PWD Minister after he withdrawn from the BJP-led Goa Democratic Alliance (GDA). He joined the government after reportedly gaining an assurance from the Congress high command that his daughter would be given a party ticket to contest the Mormugao by-polls.

However, the GPCC leadership has been firm that the ticket would be given to a senior Congress leader and not to Valanka, who is not yet a member of the party, but left the final decision to the party high command.

The regional outfits of the UGDP and the MGP have not yet decided to field their candidates or to extend support to others.

The BJP, on the otherhand, has decided to announce its candidate only after the Congress does it.


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