Panaji: Goa Congress on Friday clarified that
in case the party falls short of the majority in the upcoming
Assembly polls, it will not depend on the independent
candidates to form the government.
Working president of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee
Francisco Sardinha told reporters that the party had initiated
dialogues with the independents, asking them to withdraw.
"Some heeded to our request and withdrew, while many
have refused," Sardinha said.
He added that many of the independents, including Roy
Naik, son of the Home Minister Ravi Naik and Simon de Souza
had backed out to support the party candidates.
Responding to a question, Sardinha said that the party
will not bank on any of the independent candidates to form the
government, if they fall short of numbers.
"We will not approach any independents, even if we
want their support," he said.
For the March 3 polls, Congress has joined hands with
the NCP and is battling with the rebellion in several
Congress is also fearing to split its voters` base
with Mamata Banerjee`s Trinamool Congress (TMC) party, which
has fielded 21 candidates for the first time in the state.