Panaji: Outgoing Goa Chief Minister Digambar
Kamat has said the ruling Congress would have done better in
the Assembly polls if he had been projected as the party`s
face for the top post.
The picture in Goa, where BJP is set to form the new
government, would have been different if the March 3 elections
had been fought completely under his leadership, he told
reporters at Margao Tuesday evening.
"Elections were not completely fought under my
leadership," Kamat said, responding to a question.
"If party had projected me as the Chief Ministerial
candidate, the picture would have been different. People must
have been thinking that I was sidelined. This was also one of
the factors (for Congress debacle)," he said.
The party had appointed former Chief Minister Pratapsingh
Rane as the campaign manager.
Kamat was by and large restricted to his Assembly segment
(Margao) and stepped out of the constituency only twice - to
attend the public meetings addressed by Congress President
Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Congress, which had won 16 seats in 2007, was reduced to
single digit (9) this time, while BJP-Maharashtawadi
Gomantak Party (MGP) alliance swept the polls, securing 24
seats in the 40-member Assembly.
Kamat conceded that the Congress never expected such a
huge debacle."The party will have to introspect why such
results have come," he said.