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Luizinho Faleiro to join Trinamool ahead of elections? Former Goa CM refuses to explain

By PTI

Panaji: Former Goa Chief Minister and sitting Congress MLA Luizinho Faleiro is likely to join the Trinamool Congress on Monday. Sources claimed this on Sunday.

TMC has already announced its plans to contest next year’s Goa Assembly elections.

Amid rumors of him joining the Mamata Banerjee-led party, Faleiro called a press conference on Monday where he would make an “important announcement”.

When contacted, Faleiro declined to clarify whether he was joining TMC on Monday.

“I am in deep meditation. I am reading everything. One thing I will tell you (that) the people of Goa are suffering, someone has to stand up,” he said on Sunday.

“I will present the comments at an appropriate time,” the former chief minister said.

TMC leader Derek O’Brien told PTI in Goa on Saturday that the party will contest the upcoming assembly elections and is in touch with several local leaders.

He had said that the TMC would soon announce its chief ministerial candidate.

Reacting to the announcement of the Trinamool Congress to contest the polls, the Congress on Sunday issued a statement saying Goans have full faith in the Congress, which has “respected the sentiments and sentiments of the people”.

The statement signed by Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Girish Chodankar and Congress Legislature Party President Digambar Kamat said, “The people of Goa will never fall prey to political gambles and gimmicks and will never compromise on the identity of Goa.”

Faleiro was credited with devising the strategy and forming coalitions that led to the formation of governments in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.

In 2013, he was the chairman of the Karnataka Pradesh Assembly Election Screening Committee.

In the 2017 assembly elections in Goa, the Congress won the highest number of 17 seats in the 40-member house, reducing the BJP to 13.

However, to the surprise of the Congress, the saffron party forged an alliance with regional parties and formed the government under senior leader Manohar Parrikar.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has already taken off its hat ahead of the elections, with the party’s national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announcing free electricity up to 300 units per month and 80% jobs for locals. Came to power during his recent visit to Panaji.

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