Goa polls: Regional parties may affect Cong, BJP

Regional parties in Goa are likely to spoil the party for national players, including Congress and opposition BJP, during the March 3 Assembly polls.

Last Updated: Jan 05, 2012, 17:18 PM IST

Panaji: A bunch of regional parties in Goa is
likely to spoil the party for national players, including
ruling Congress and opposition BJP, during the March 3
Assembly polls, even as hectic parleys are underway to seal
alliances ahead of elections, say political observers.

The regional parties in Goa are aiming to form a
formidable opposition in the state for the elections, even as
national parties are busy working out their pre-poll tie-ups,
they said.

Parties like the United Goans Democratic Party (UGDP),
Save Goa Front (SGF) and Goa Vikas Party (GVP) are warming up
to each other for forging an alliance that might dent
prospects of the Congress-NCP alliance.

"All regional parties will eat into Congress`s vote bank,
but if BJP and MGP come together minorities will rally behind
Congress making regional players almost defunct," Raju Nayak
editor of a Marathi daily said.

The regional political parties, however, have got a shot
in the arm with a rise in the number of leaders leaving
national parties to join them.

Latest case in point is that of former tourism minister
Miccky Pacheko, who resigned from NCP to join Goa Vikas Party
(GVP), a small-time political outfit which came into existence
one-and-a-half-decade back.

Pacheco, who wields significant influence in Salcette
taluka, is likely to cause headache for the Congress-NCP in
this belt, which has a sizable Catholic population.
Pacheco`s close aide and party vice president Lyndon
Monteiro told PTI that the GVP would be fielding candidates on
all 40 seats, of which they have already shortlisted 33.
GVP has already initiated talks with UGDP and SGF, which
are in the final stages.
PTI