Goa: Luizinho Faleiro likely to join TMC today

Panaji: Former Goa Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro on Tuesday left for Kolkata. He is likely to join Trinamool Congress (TMC) today.

Luizinho had resigned from Congress this week. He said that he doesn’t see a future for the party and praised Mamata Banerjee before quitting Congress party. Shortly, before his resignation from the Congress and as an MLA, he gushingly praised the Bengal Chief Minister and called her the only “streetfighter” who can give the BJP a tough fight.

While Faleiro announced his resignation on Monday, he was tight-lipped on his future plans only saying he would “definitely support Mamata Congress.”

“Definitely, I will support Mamata Congress because she has fought, she has succeeded… She symbolises women empowerment which can bring this country back on the rails of development and progress,” Faleiro said, declining to elaborate on his next steps.

“Mamata Banerjee has given a tough fight to Narendra Modi. The Mamata formula has won in Bengal.” He contended that now he would continue to be a ‘Congressmen’ of a larger Congress party, implying that he saw the Trinamool as the Congress offshoot best equipped to fight the BJP.

Faleiro addressing Mamata as streetfighter said, “We need such fighters which are in the same party ideology, policies, principles and programmes. I would like the larger picture all Congress parties to come together to fight the BJP.”

This will be second prominent faithlessness to the Trinamool after Sushmita Deb’s crossover. Deb has been given a big role in Tripura ahead of elections next year. Faleiro is likely to support TMC in Goa where Congress is weakening and Aam Aadmi Party is campaigning aggressively.

Faleiro was the Congress’s in-charge of Tripura for the 2019 national election and could also help the Trinamool in the northeastern state where it is looking to expand its footprint and take on the ruling BJP.

Senior Trinamool Congress leaders Derek O Brien and Prasun Banerjee are in talks with Faleiro at Goa. Goa will be witnessing elections next year along with Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, and other states.

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