Congress struggles to find new leader in Goa

The Congress wants a “complete overhaul” of the party in Goa after its rout in the March 3 election here.

But with so few to chose from, the party is having a hard time picking the man to lead the now diminished legislative wing.

“We accept that we suffered a massive defeat that we have to take in our stride by looking forward and building new leaders,” AICC general secretary J S Brar who deals with Goa told Deccan Herald.

Brar said the process of selecting the new leader of opposition would be taken up soon, but the party is also working on the total overhaul of the PCC.

PCC chief Subhash Shirodkar was among the many top rung Congress faces that were knocked off in this election.

MP Francisco Sardinha is temporarily looking after party affairs.
With the Congress image at an all-time low in Goa Speaker Pratapsingh Rane is emerging a top contender to lead the CLP for his non-controversial image.

The ex-chief minister Digambar Kamat is also being considered. Young legislators like Mauvin Godinho who is also jostling for the post says if the party wants a makeover then it should bring in new faces. 

The Congress was reduced to nine seats in the 40-member assembly, its worst showing here in 32 years.

It had won 19 seats with the NCP alliance in 2007.

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