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Several Congress leader jumps ship to TMC ahead of Goa elections

The Trinamool Congress is growing bigger in Goa ahead of its assembly elections next year, as several Goa Congress leaders have jumped ship to join Mamata Banerjee‘s TMC.

On Wednesday, North Goa Congress Seva Dal Chief Ulhas Vasnkar along with a few other social activists joined the TMC. Apart from them, Former General Secretary of INC Mahila Wing, Priya Rathod too joined the Trinamool Congress. This comes days after former Chief Minister and ex-Congress leader Luizhino Faleiro joined the TMC.

On the same day, the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress also welcomed Shiv Sena Block President from Ponda, Vinod Borkar. Several others joined the TMC along with Borkar at an event that was held at the party’s office in Panaji. According to a press release, the event was attended by West Bengal Government Minister Manas Rajan Bhunia and Goa TMC leaders Mario Pinto and Vijay Pai.

The TMC, emboldened by it’s victory in the West Bengal elections this March-April in which it has disseminated the BJP’s attempts of incursion, has now set eyes outside the state in Goa, Tripura and Assam.

In Goa, the party got its shot in the arm on September 29 with former Goa Chief Minister Faleiro joining in with a group of loyalists in Kolkata. After his induction, Faleiro vowed to fight for the people of Goa against the ‘divisive and fascist forces’. In addition, he hailed West Bengal CM and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee for defeating the BJP in the West Bengal assembly elections that were held earlier this year.

“The only leader who has opposed the BJP and destroyed their agenda is Didi. She is a fighter and we need such fighters in our country. It is the moment for everyone to join forces. With Didi’s forces, we will bring a new dawn in Goa,” the former Goa CM said.

In the 2017 Assembly elections in Goa, Congress won the highest 17 seats in the 40-member House restricting the BJP to 13. However, surprising the Congress, the saffron party allied with regional parties and formed government under the leadership of senior leader Manohar Parrikar. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has already thrown its hat in the ring ahead of the polls, with the party’s national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announcing free power up to 300 units per month and 80% jobs for locals if his party is voted to power during his recent visit to Panaji.

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