Panaji: The Congress, heading the ruling
coalition in Goa, on Sunday said Chief Minister Digambar Kamat
will not be projected as its candidate for the top post in run
up to the Assembly elections scheduled next year.
Jagmeet Singh Brar, Congress` Goa desk in-charge, told
reporters here that the party will not project anybody as
Chief Ministerial candidate during the polls likely in June.
"We will decide about the Chief Minister only after
the elections," Brar maintained.
Kamat has been handling the Mines portfolio for the
last 12 years and faced severe criticism over the multi-crore
illegal mining scam in Goa, which came to light recently.
A report by Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had held
him responsible for the mining mess in the state, and the
Opposition has sought his resignation. Kamat has, however,
denied any wrongdoing.
Brar said newly-elected Congress MLAs will decide who
would be the next Chief Minister.
All India Congress Committee Secretary Sudhakar Reddy,
who along with Brar is in Goa to discuss the issue of pre-poll
alliance, said Congress has a tradition of electing Chief
Minister after polls.
"Congress Legislative Party (CLP) and high command
will decide the person," he said.
Kamat, a former BJP MLA who switched over to Congress
after toppling the saffron outfit-led Government in 2005, had
emerged as a consensus candidate for the CM after 2007 polls.
Two former Chief Ministers, Pratapsingh Rane and Ravi
Naik, were also in the race for the top post in 2007, but the
party high command threw its weight behind Kamat.