Luizinho Faleiro, Former Chief Minister of Goa, on joining Trinamool: Prashant Kishor approached me
Luizinho Faleiro, the former chief minister of Goa who left Congress and joined Congress from Trinamool this week, told NDTV on Thursday that it was political strategist Prashant Kishor and his I-PAC group who approached him to move on to Mamata Banerjee’s party.
“Of course he approached me. Just a few days ago,” he said when asked if Mr Kishor had contacted him to join the party the strategist helped win. an unusually tough election against the BJP in Bengal in May.
“He didn’t tell me to join the TMC but he did an analysis. The people of Goa are angry with the BJP. Mining has stopped. The economy is collapsing. There are no jobs. Goa is looking for an alternative. Didi is the only force. Despite the pressure, they mistreated her, used government agencies. The country needs a leader like Didi “, a he declared.
Speaking at a press conference earlier today, Mr Faleiro said: “Believe it or not, I have never met them (Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee). They are great leaders. are not great leaders of Trinamool but great national leaders. But I did not meet them. I met the I-PAC, I met Mr. Prashant Kishor of the I-PAC (Indian Committee of political action.) I met him. Just before making the decision, we had the interaction.
“It was a very, very difficult decision for me to quit the Congress party. But ultimately, in the interests of Goa and in the interests of the country, defeating the BJP is the only way I can go. forward and even now I look forward to the help of I-PAC members. They are not from Bengal but from different parts of the country, “he said.
Mr. Faleiro’s revelation raises questions of conflict of interest over Mr. Kishor’s political role. Until recently, he was reportedly engaged in talks with Congress to revive his fortunes ahead of the upcoming Lok sabha election, but according to Mr Faleiro, Mr Kishor is also approaching congressional leaders to switch to the Trinamool, with whom his I-PAC group, continues to work.
Spurred, in part, by these high-profile congressional crossovers in Trinamool, recent weeks have seen a surge in rhetoric between the two parties, with Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee declaring “Congress must quit its chair politics. . and the politics of social media and take to the streets “and that it” doesn’t work, don’t go out on the streets and like to stay in the comfort of their own home. “
A day after joining Trinamool, Mr Faleiro said the party planned to contest the 40 seats in the Goa Assembly polls on its own next year, without forging any alliance.
The former chief minister of Goa also said that Mamata Banerjee will visit the state once the current 15-day “pitru paksh” period, seen as not conducive to launching new projects, is over.
Mr. Faleiro joined Trinamool on Wednesday in Calcutta along with nine other leaders.
He addressed the press conference in Panaji attended by senior Trinamool leaders including Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Prasun Banerjee and Manoj Tiwary.
“The party is looking for new faces for the next elections in Goa… As for Trinamool, we would like to give 40 new clean faces,” he said to a question on whether the party would consider these MPs. , who have defected from one party to another.
When asked if the Trinamool are planning to forge an alliance, he replied, “We’re going to go on our own.”
It is possible for Trinamool to win the next elections in Goa although the time remaining for the ballots has been very short, he added.
Elections are scheduled for February.
Mr Faleiro criticized Congress saying the party never wanted to form a government in Goa and therefore did not claim one, despite becoming the largest party after the 2017 election.
He said that the I-PAC conducted a survey in Goa, the results of which would be available within the next 10 to 15 days, after which the detailed roadmap for the elections in Goa would be prepared.
He said the Trinamool would issue an “indictment” against the BJP government in Goa exposing its “wrongdoing”.
In the last assembly ballots, Congress won the highest number of 17 seats, limiting the BJP to 13 seats. However, surprising the Congress, the BJP allied with regional parties and formed the government under the leadership of senior leader Manohar Parrikar.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has already thrown its hat in the ring ahead of the elections, with the party’s national chairman and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announcing free electricity up to 300 units per month and 80% d jobs for locals if his party is elected to power during his recent visit to Panaji.