‘Anyone keen to defeat BJP can ally with Congress’: Chidambaram

Congress leader P. Chidambaram. File

Congress leader P. Chidambaram. File

The Congress is ready to accept the support of any party that is keen to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming Goa Assembly election, senior leader P. Chidambaram said on Saturday.

His statement came shortly after Mahua Moitra, the Goa desk in-charge of the Trinamool Congress, suggested that the Mamata Banerjee-led party was open to a pre-poll alliance with the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and the Congress.

The Congress is capable of defeating the BJP on its own, but “if any party wants to support the Congress to defeat the BJP, why should I say no?” Mr. Chidambaram questioned.

After winning the maximum 17 seats in the 40-member Goa Assembly in 2017, the Congress’s strength dwindled over the past five years.

The party has lost a bulk of its MLAs to the BJP and at least two to the Trinamool, the new entrant in Goa politics, leaving the Congress with only two MLAs in the House.

The Congress has already announced its pre-poll alliance with the GFP, while the Trinamool has a tie-up with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) for the State polls slated to be held next month.

The Congress had emerged as the single-largest party in Goa in the 2017 poll by winning 17 seats in the 40-member House, but could not come to power as the BJP, which bagged 13, allied with some independents and regional parties to form the government under Manohar Parrikar.

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