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Goa elections 2022: Tussle for ‘secular votes’ with TMC-AAP to dent Congress

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MUMBAI: Eyeing the standard secular votes of the Congress with a purpose to make their mark in Goa politics, TMC and AAP can play spoilsport for the grand previous birthday celebration. As victory margins are small in Goa – round 5,000 votes in 10 constituencies and no more than 500 in 5, within the 2017 polls – lack of a couple of hundred votes in multi-corner contests could make the Congress undergo.

TMC and AAP can even divide the anti-incumbency votes that can get advantages the ruling BJP, mentioned a senior Congress chief. As for the TMC, the most recent entrant within the state’s politics, a political observer mentioned its alliance with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Celebration (MGP), which gained 3 seats in 2017, can be a large headache for the Congress. 

In step with Goa-based journalist Sumit Naik, the West Bengal CM is essentially attacking the Congress and poaching its Christian legislators. “Christians, who contain 27 in keeping with cent of the citizens, are historically Congress citizens. If this block is going to the TMC, it’s going to be a large loss to the Congress. However, the TMC strikes won’t dent the BJP’s potentialities,” mentioned Naik. 

On its section, AAP is eyeing the similar voter base that the TMC and the Congress are banking on. “TMC and AAP haven’t any primary likelihood in any respect, however they may be able to scale back the Congress votes,” mentioned a supply within the Congress, including that many MLAs and different leaders are becoming a member of the TMC because the birthday celebration is offering massive finances to its applicants. 

A senior Congress chief claimed other people will vote for his birthday celebration regardless of AAP’s promise of “blank and non-corrupt govt” and TMC’s efforts since the Congress, in contrast to AAP and TMC, is “running at the floor”.

Admitting that AAP and TMC might grab one of the conventional votes of the Congress, former CM Digambar Kamat mentioned the affect can be marginal. “Folks won’t vote for events from Delhi and Kolkata,” he mentioned.

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