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Don’t blame me for failure in forming govt: Luizinho

Panaji: Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Luizinho Faleiro on Friday said he should not be blamed for the failure in forming the government in alliance with Goa Forward.
Addressing the media, Faleiro admitted that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was able to form the government because Congress delayed. He, however, added that Goa Forward was already in alliance with BJP prior to polls and this was confirmed by Vijai Sardesai, three days before counting day. It may be recalled that Sardesai had said Manohar Parrikar is a good Chief Minister in a television interview.
“There is a misunderstanding that I was greedy to become Chief Minister and the entire formation of government collapsed. The reality is it was because GF betrayed the mandate of people and joined hands with BJP,” Faleiro said.
He said that Sardesai had put a condition for alliance, that without Faleiro as Chief Minister he was ready for an alliance and the party high command had agreed to this. “When the high command asked my opinion, I told my party that I am ready to sacrifice. I have come here not with my own wish but it was Mrs Gandhi who sent me here,” Faleiro said.
He said “We had unanimously elected the CLP leader, all Independent candidates and NCP had given assurances on March 11 and some mentors of GF were even dealing with Sardesai to support the Congress but by that time GF had pledged their support to BJP,” the GPCC Chief explained.
He said that for him the greatest satisfaction is getting the party elected in majority. “I am satisfied with the mandate and the faith which people of Goa have kept in the Congress. Whichever State has been given to me by the party I brought Congress to power,” Faleiro said.[H]

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