Sardinha defends decision on allotment of tickets

Last Updated: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 21:49

Panaji: The working president of Goa unit of
Congress, Francisco Sardinha on Monday said he disagreed with a
few things that the high command did while allotting tickets
but acknowledged that the decisions were taken in the interest
of the party.

"I don`t agree with everything (that the high command
did). But they have considered various factors in the interest
of the party while allotting the tickets," Sardinha told
reporters here.

Goa Congress is facing rebellion after few of its
prominent leaders failed to get tickets for forthcoming State
Legislative Assembly elections scheduled on March 3.

"There were several factors that were considered while
giving tickets to candidates. I can`t say which factors were
considered as I was not at the helm of affairs at that time,"
said Sardinha, who has recently taken over as a working
president of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC).

Sardinha said dissident leaders filing independent
candidature after ticket rejection is nothing new in polls.

"Some continue while some withdraw from the fray," he
said adding the party will not approach them to withdraw.

Responding to a question, Sardinha said that Trinamool
Congress party will not make much impact on the elections.

"Trinamool is Trinamool. It is in a nascent stage in the
state. People won`t waste their vote on the candidate who are
not going to win," he said.

TCP has fielded around 10 candidates in the state, most
of whom were denied ticket by the Congress. Congress is
fighting March 3 polls in alliance with NCP. While Congress is
contesting on 33 seats, 7 seats are contested by NCP.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 21:49

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