As BJP wins race in Manipur, Goa, crisis explodes in Congress

Rajat Kain

Rahul-Gandhi-ParliamentCongress party is a house of despair and frustration losing two states – Goa and Manipur – to the BJP, where it has emerged a single largest party within an inching distance to form its governments. It, however, chose to stay indecisive and at best lazy to have a go. It had won 17 seats in 40-member Goa, whereas in Manipur it battled tripple-term ant-incumbency securing 28 seats, just three short of the majority mark.

It, however, appeared lacking firepower or even an imagination to be even in the fray.

And on Thursday morning, the party’s crisis increased manifolds with Vishwajeet Rane, one of the frontrunner CM candidates in Goa – staged a walkout before trust vote in Goa, handing party more than a loss of face.

Rane had made no bones of his deep disappointment and anger with the party’s top leadership, especially with AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh, who was entrusted with the affairs of Goa.

“It seems those leaders sent from Delhi never wanted Congress to form government in Goa. Congress should know the kind of mismanagement done by the in-charge of the party who came here from Delhi, which will finish the party,” Congress leader Vishwajeet Rane had said earlier in the day.

File Photo - RSTV

File Photo – RSTV

The pre and post election matters of Congress in Goa were handled by Digvijaya and the party Secretary Chellakumar, who has been camping in Goa. Rane, son of veteran Congressman Pratapsinh Rane, has also written a letter to Rahul seeking an appointment. What may be expected in the meeting between the two is open to speculation now, given Rane’s more than candid signals.

“I have written to Rahul Gandhi asking him to take action against those responsible for the failure to form the government despite being the single largest party in Goa,” he had said.

“Those who were incharges of Goa are experienced people. They should have understood the steps needed to be taken immediately to form the government,” said another MLA making the despair known.

As BJP sailed through trust vote in Goa, the Congress now looks a delicate house with its legislators disillusioned with the party leadership and their methods of working.

In far away northeastern state of Manipur, where it had won 28 seats, 3 short of majority in 60-member house, one of its newly elected MLA Thounaojam Shyamkumar Singh, has junked the party to join N Biren Singh’s cabinet and in the process the BJP.

Though Singh has been expelled from the primary membership of the Congress party, he was sworn in among the eight ministers earlier on Wednesday.