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‘What Goa believes in and what we believe in is the same’


Largely credited with fortifying the birthday celebration’s grassroots, GPCC president Girish Chodankar is now in the operating for a Lok Sabha price ticket. He speaks to Newton Sequeira on a wide range of problems, including management, tackling variations throughout the birthday celebration, and poll potentialities.

Is it not a problem for Congress to have a birthday celebration president contesting the elections and also spearheading the campaign around the state?

The birthday celebration will come to a decision whether or not I contest or not, and I'm nonetheless not certain if it is going to ask me to contest. If the birthday celebration does ask me to contest, it is going to take all factors into consideration. As some distance as our birthday celebration construction is anxious, it does not depend on one particular person, not like BJP. We have constructed new era leaders who are in command of the respective constituencies the place elections are to be held, and they don’t need me. We are here to construct extra leaders. There is no feeling of lack of confidence if extra leaders increase.

In the previous, when Congress used to be top-heavy with too many leaders, it created problems and there have been factions throughout the birthday celebration.

It is actually a power. There is also variations and there should be variations. Unless there are variations, management can't grow. It can’t be like (chief minister) Parrikar, the place no one questions him. When other folks elevate questions, real considerations can also be solved. It acts like a reflect for the leader. If not, it turns into like BJP the place they can't find every other leader because they suppressed, threw out or marginalised other leaders.

Is it not a large advantage for Congress that this time Manohar Parrikar won’t be at the flooring to campaign?

We have defeated Parrikar when he used to be at his best. In 2005, we formed a government and in 2007, we contested and formed the government. Parrikar is a circumstantial leader and he manipulates so much. Manipulated politics is brief. Ultimately, he's termed as the man of U-turns. Although other folks say he's a tall leader, he is known as unprincipled and unethical. How many leaders has he created? This is not management because it used to be his responsibility to create leaders after him. But he was insecure.

You have revitalised Congress on the grassroots degree and have created a buzz. But as far as organisation is anxious, BJP, being a cadre primarily based birthday celebration, has a strong organisation. Is Congress’s organisation robust enough to take on BJP in the elections?

By and massive, Goa has a Congress DNA, the place the ideology of what Goa believes in and what we imagine in is identical. We don’t see the wish to create a cadre in Goa because most Goans percentage our mindset. I've only energised the birthday celebration and everyone has worked. The senior leaders have supplied steerage and have set the course. Blocklevel employees have worked in that course. You see the massive turnout at (Congress president) Rahul Gandhi’s assembly. People from all 40 constituencies became up for it. Usually, we used to depend on a few constituencies for mobilisation. And if you see, 70-75% of the group used to be genuine booth employees with simply 30% of others. We have given other folks a cause, we've taken up their problems and given them a voice.

Isn’t it a bonus for BJP to head for simultaneous bypolls and Parliamentary elections, particularly with their nationwide campaign, the Pulwama attack and India’s response to it?

People can’t be fooled at all times with BJP’s pretend nationalism. People have began to lift questions. Goans can’t be taken for a experience.

Can Congress form the government in Goa or is the birthday celebration keen to stay in opposition?

The other folks of Goa have elected us to rule and the mandate used to be loud and transparent. BJP and its allies robbed our mandate and we all know how. At the first alternative that the folks and Congress get, the popular govt can be in Goa. There are more than a few options sooner than us and all of it relies on the best way to exploit them. Breaking some MLAs unethically (forcing them to defect) is dangerous. The pastime of the birthday celebration is secondary. Goa’s pursuits are number one.

Does Congress have a method to restart mining?

The first step to revive the government is to form the government. Without our govt in position, we can't do anything else. Our birthday celebration president has declared and it might reflect in our manifesto that we will be able to have sustainable mining.


Is your legislative wing in sync with the birthday celebration? There is theory that some birthday celebration MLAs are in contact with BJP. Also, Congress has been hit by way of defections in other states.

We are completely in sync. This division has been created by way of BJP, which is projecting that our birthday celebration is a divided house. Our MLAs have always rallied at the back of our birthday celebration. Whatever stand our birthday celebration has taken, our MLAs have supported. There is also variations of opinion, which we welcome. We don’t need to keep any one in combination because nature is taking care of it. Everyone in Goa is aware of that the one who joins BJP winds up in the hospital. So other folks can come to a decision if the cash that BJP gives is extra treasured than their well being and life. It is a proven fact in Goa.


Will Congress focus at the Rafale jets procurement and Pulwama attacks in its campaign, or will it focus on mining and coal transportation?

This election will focus on local problems, the failure of this govt previously seven years and the failure of the Centre previously five years. The problems are already in the public area; the corruption of this govt and how it has created a crisis in Goa. The picture is identical on the Centre. But more than Rafale and the terrorist attacks, there are problems that are with regards to the guts. BJP promised 10 crore jobs and lower inflation, however see the petrol costs and gas costs.


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