Tickets to the Alemao family, the clout of the Rane family over the distribution of Congress tickets, and former chief minister Digambar Kamat's inefficiency in taking decisions. These, according to Congress MLAs, were the reasons for the party's debacle in the state. They made these complaints to to all India Congress committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who said that Congress workers need to revamp the party.
Gandhi on Thursday held a marathon meeting with MLAs and Congress workers from all 40 constituencies, office bearers of Goa pradesh Congress committee, youth Congress members, and representatives of local governing bodies, in order to galvanize the party in the state.
Sources told TOI that Gandhi was surprised when he came to know how tickets were distributed during the Goa election.
Other MLAs blamed the MoI imbroglio for the mess. Churchill Alemao, especially, who also met Gandhi, blamed Kamat for 'sitting over' the MoI issue, which led to the defeat. Kamattried to explain the issue to Gandhi.
Interestingly, one of the complaint to the Gandhi scion went as such: "Congress MLAs didn't take party workers into confidence when the party was in power".
The rift in the camp was evident when Gandhi was told that everybody was lobbying for the top post of Goa pradesh Congress party, and also for the party ticket for the Lok Sabha election.
Mauvin Gudinho, Congress MLA from Dabolim, said that the party should go for a totally new dispensation, which would be good for its future. "Gandhi knows the reality; what actually went wrong, why it went wrong and what are the reasons", Godinho said, adding that this was very healthy for the party.
Godinho told TOI that mining was one of the important issues discussed during the meeting with Gandhi. "What is to be done and how it is to be done was discussed, as people are dependent on mining", he added.
Godinho also said that Gandhi received a lot of valuable suggestions, and that this time, Gandhi meant business. "That means action, and you will see things happening in the Congress," Godinho said. [TOI]