Panaji: Congress in Goa is in a bind as the
aspirants who have failed to secure party tickets are vowing
to queer the pitch for the official nominees for March 3
Goa Congress general secretary Vijay Sardesai has
announced on Monday that he would contest as an Independent from Fatorda
seat after he was denied ticket by the party for the sake of M
K Sheikh, who was named as the official candidate in the final
list of four candidates released yesterday.
Govind Sawant has been allotted ticket from Sanvordem,
while Isidore Fernandes and Sankulp Amonkar will be contesting
from Canacona and Mormugao constituencies, respectively.
"I discussed with my supporters after I was denied
ticket. They want me to contest as an Independent candidate
for the development of this constituency," Sardesai said,
adding he had "nurtured" the constituency in the last five
Former BJP MLA Vijay Pai Khot, who was supposed to
join Congress, is also left in the lurch after he was denied
ticket to contest from Canacona seat.
There was no official word from Congress over the
rebellions though senior leader Oscar Fernandes, who is
heading the screening committee, had said the party would try
to convince the dissenters.