Luizinho Faleiro, veteran Goa Congress leader likely to join TMC

Kolkata: Former Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro is likely to join Trinamool Congress (TMC). The Congress leader is expected to address the media today to make an “important announcement”; he may announce his departure from the Congress and make the shift.

“I am in deep meditation. I am reading everything. One thing I will tell you (that) people of Goa are suffering, somebody has to stand up,” Mr Faleiro said on Sunday. “I will offer comments at an appropriate time,” the former chief minister added.

According to India Today sources, Luizinho Faleiro may announce his resignation from the Congress after having a fallout with the party leadership. The TMC is preparing to make its foray into Goa and the party’s national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday publicly announced this at Mamata Banerjee’s campaign in Bhabanipur.

NDTV sources say, the Congress leader’s move was discussed last Thursday with chief national spokesperson of TMC, Derek O’Brien. But neither Mr Faleiro nor the Trinamool Congress has commented on the issue so far.

Ahead of the upcoming assembly elections, a team of TMC MPs Derek O’Brien and Prasun Banerjee visited Goa. Members of Prashant Kishor’s IPAC are also camping in Goa to prepare the ground work for the party to make its mark in the BJP-ruled state.

Abhishek Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew has said that there are expanding their party’s horizon and will not be just limited to West Bengal, “The Trinamool Congress today is not limited to Bengal alone. We have begun our work in Tripura (and) Assam. In the coming days the Trinamool will come to Goa as well. Get ready. We are prepared to fight them politically,” Mr Banerjee said at a rally while campaigning in Bhavanipur where his aunt and Bengal Chief Minister is contesting elections.

Goa goes to polls in 2022, along with Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, and other states.

It is now ruled by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s BJP government. The Trinamool fought a bruising electoral battle with that party in West Bengal only recently in April-May.

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