Former CM of Goa, 9 others join TMC in Calcutta

After visiting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna, the seat of state government in Calcutta on Wednesday, former Goa chief minister and congressional veteran Luizinho Faleiro joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC ). TMC leaders Abhishek Banerjee, Subrata Mukherjee and Sougata Roy were present when he arrived.

Faleiro said: “I have worked to safeguard the ideology and principles of Congress for forty years. Congress is now fragmented between Sharad Pawar Congress, Trinamool Congress and YSR Congress. We must once again strengthen the congressional family so that together we can defeat the BJP. My dream is to bring the congressional family together because wherever there is unity there is strength and strength will bring victory.

He added: “I am joining TMC in defeating BJP. Goa suffers from BJP and is in very poor condition. Goa needs Didi (Mamata Banerjee). We asked him to come to Goa and support Goans to protect their culture and heritage. “

Veteran Congress leader Luizinho Faleiro joined Congress from Trinamool on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, during a press conference in Khudiram Anushilan Kendra, All India Trinamool Congress Secretary General Abhishek Banerjee attacked Congress and said: “In the past seven years we have taken to the streets. and defeated the BJP, but Congress was defeated by the BJP. . In Goa, TMC will fight the BJP alone.

Further, responding to a question about the support of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which is also contesting the legislative elections in Goa, Banerjee said: “The TMC will fight on its own. I hope this will put an end to all speculation ”.

According to TMC sources, along with Faleiro, nine other executives – Lavoo Mamledar, Yatish Naik, Vijay Vasudev Poi, Mario Pinto De Santana, Anand Naik, Rabindranath Faleiro, Shivdas Sonu Naik, Rajendra Shivaji Kakodkar and Antonio Monteiro Clovis Da Costa – have joined. the feast Wednesday.

Roy said: “Our leaders Derek O’Brian, Shekhendu Shekhar Roy, Prasun Banerjee and Monoj Tiwary are in Goa and tomorrow (Thursday) more people will join TMC.”

Meanwhile, TMC founder and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in a tweet: “It is with great pride for me to welcome former Goa CM, 7 times MP and leader. from Goa, Shri @luizinhofaleiro, in the Trinamool Congress family. Together, we will defend every Goan, fight dividing forces, and work to usher in a NEW DAWN for Goa. “

As Faleiro spoke on Wednesday of uniting the “fragmented congressional family,” Abhishek Banerjee, however, said Congress had to come out and take to the streets.

Banerjee was quick to say that Congress needs to do more than armchair politics. He said, “If Congress does nothing, we cannot be sitting ducks. Congress is inactive and is watching it as it is. Congress must get out of its chair and take to the streets. It cannot be done by sitting in the comfort of their homes in Delhi. We are not a party that only exists on Twitter and social media. We are a party that has taken to the streets. Rather than being a keyboard warrior, we want to be the real warrior that will strike the ground on Mamata Banerjee’s ideologies.

He added that Legislative Assembly elections might be just a few months away in Goa, but weather will not be a factor affecting TMC’s prospects in the state. “The party will put its weight behind the unity of Goa,” Banerjee said. “Each election is ultimately decided by the people of the state. Once the people of the state decide to go with TMC and see TMC as the only alternative to oust BJP from the state, I think time won’t be a factor, ”he said. declared.

(With contributions from Mayura Janwalkar)