| Updated: Sunday, January 23, 2022, 16:02 [IST]
Panaji, Jan 23: Congress seasoned P Chidambaram connected Sunday said the Trinamool Congress's (TMC) connection of a pre-poll confederation for the adjacent month's Goa Assembly elections was not considered by his enactment arsenic the Mamata Banerjee-led enactment "poached" Congress leaders successful the state.
His connection comes 3 days aft TMC person Abhishek Banerjee said that if the Congress fails to dislodge the BJP from powerfulness successful Goa, past Chidambaram, who is Congress' authorities predetermination in-charge, should ain up the work and resign. Banerjee had besides said that the TMC had approached Chidambaram with a ceremonial connection for a pre-poll confederation for the February 14 Goa polls.
Talking to reporters here, Chidambaram said determination was a proposition from the TMC for a pre-poll confederation with the Congress successful Goa.
"What I tin accidental is that determination was a proposition from the TMC that we should signifier an confederation (in Goa). (But) Before and aft that, definite incidents took place," the elder Congress person said.
He alleged that the TMC poached Congress leaders successful the coastal state.
"They poached Luizinho Faleiro, and adjacent aft the connection of alliance, they poached Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, whose sanction was successful the Congress's archetypal database of the candidates. They besides poached successful different constituencies, similar Mormugao and Vasco," helium said, without naming immoderate person from these 2 seats.
The erstwhile Union curate said that aft these incidents, helium did not get immoderate instructions from the apical leaders successful the Congress implicit the confederation proposal. When asked astir Abhishek Banerjee's connection against him, Chidambaram said, "I don't privation to prosecute with the TMC wide secretary. I inhabit a humble presumption successful the Congress enactment and I would not similar to comment." He said that Congress leaders had met Shiv Sena and NCP leaders implicit a pre-poll confederation successful Goa. "But determination was nary gathering point, truthful we did not instrumentality it further," helium said.
The Shiv Sena and the NCP person joined hands to contention the elections to the 40-member Goa Assembly, portion Congress volition beryllium warring the polls with the Goa Forward Party (GFP). The TMC has tied up with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP).
Replying to different question, Chidambaram said that Congress candidates successful Goa volition springiness their proposition connected whether to denote a main ministerial campaigner successful the state.
"We volition instrumentality views of the candidates erstwhile information process is implicit and past pass it to AICC (All India Congress Committee)," helium said.