Panaji: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) hinted at a possible alliance with other opposition parties in Goa ahead of the elections on Friday, in a Twitter post with party MP Mahua Moitra saying that the TMC is willing to do "all necessary to defeat the BJP in Goa."
"Rest assured, we the AITC will do everything possible to defeat BJP in Goa- @Goaforwardparty, @INCGoa @AITC4Goa and #MGP. @Mamataofficial (AITC chairperson Mamata Banerjee) has done it in the past & will not shy away from walking [the] extra mile in Goa too," Moitra tweeted on Friday.
Moitra's tweet comes amid reports in the state, which is scheduled to go to polls sometime in February/March, that the TMC-MGP (Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party), which have already announced an alliance for the polls, is open to teaming up with the Congress and Goa Forward Party, which have announced a separate alliance for the polls.
The Goa Forward Party, which until recently was calling for need to "send joint ventures of ideological differences home" in reference to the seemingly contrary ideological leanings of the MGP and the Trinamool Congress, has now struck a more mellowed tone with party president Vijai Sardesai calling for 'team Goa' to defeat the "BJP game plan".
The Trinamool Congress, which is the latest entrant in Goa's political space and mostly expanded through poaching members of the Congress and the Goa Forward party, is understood to have initiated talks with both the parties but the issue of seat sharing is yet to be discussed.
Earlier, reports suggested that the MGP, which had agreed to an alliance with the TMC, was less than enthusiastic about its alliance with the TMC and was leaning towards the Congress.