Congress wants to continue tie-up with NCP

The Congress on Sunday maintained it wants to face next year`s Assembly elections in Goa with their current alliance partners Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP).

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2011, 15:20 PM IST

The Congress on Sunday maintained it
wants to face next year`s Assembly elections in Goa with their
current alliance partners Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP).

Brar, along with All-India Congress Committee
Secretary Sudhakar Reddy, is in Goa to attend a coordination
committee meeting of all coalition partners, which will decide
on the crucial issue of pre-poll alliance.

The Sonia Gandhi-led party had fought the 2007 Goa
Assembly polls in tie-up with Sharad Pawar`s NCP. MGP, a
regional outfit, had contested on its own and joined the
Congress-led Government at a later stage.

Brar conceded there were some glitches in forging pre-
poll alliance due to delimitation of the Assembly
constituencies. "We will sit and sort out the things."

State Congress leader Mauvin Godinho had yesterday
asserted the party was confident of a clear majority in the 40
-member Assembly if it contested the polls on its own.

The Congress, in the meantime, has short-listed names
of candidates for half of the total constituencies. Brar said
20 names have been shortlisted and they will be announced
after they are vetted by the party high command.

There is no dispute with the allies over the segments
for which nominees have been short-listed and they consist of
some sitting MLAs and a few senior Congress members, he added.
Term of the Goa Assembly ends in June.

PTI