UGDP rules out merger with Congress in Goa
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 20:42
Panaji: Leaders of United Goans Democratic Party Tuesday ruled out their party's merger with the state's ruling Congress after their lone legislator Atanasio Babush Monserratte joined the Sonia Gandhi-led party.

"It's for the UGDP presidium to decide on merger. There was no presidium meeting held recently," Mathany Saldanha, UGDP's general secretary, said.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Subhash Shirodkar, while formally inducting Monserratte into Congress on Monday, had claimed UGDP had merged with Congress.

"Who has merged UGDP? Shirodkar or Monserratte? UGDP is not a party of single person. There is a presidium which takes any crucial decision in the party," Saldanha, a former tourism minister, shot back.

UGDP had contested 2007 Assembly Election and Monserratte was its only candidate who was elected to the House.

Senior UGDP leader Radharao Gracias said Congress was inducting legislators from other parties to strengthen its position in the state Assembly.

"They had 18 legislators and now their strength has gone up to 19. There is news that another independent legislator is going to join them this week taking their strength to 20," Gracias said.

He said UGDP's ideology differs from Congress and there is no question of both the outfits merging.


First Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 20:42

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