MARGAO: While Prabhakar Timble has resigned as the president of Goa Forward Party (GFP), the executive committee of the party appears to be endorsing its MLAs’ decision to align with the Bharatiya Janata Party and a formal announcement in this regard is expected on Wednesday after the executive committee meeting is held.
Some executive committee members squarely blamed Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Luizinho Faleiro for the present situation and alleged that Faleiro was bent on destroying Vijai and his political career.
“The alliance that was stitched in Delhi was torn asunder in Goa by Faleiro,” said one executive committee member explaining that All India Congress Committee General Secretary Digvijay Singh at a meeting in Delhi had agreed to an alliance with the Goa Forward but the same was dishonoured by Faleiro and that too at the eleventh hour namely the last date to file nominations.
Even after the results were declared, Digvijay Singh reportedly met Vijai at 12 midnight to discuss the alliance and was scheduled to have next round of talks at 11 am on Sunday. However, he reportedly informed the Goa Forward Party that since the Congress Legislature Party meeting was underway at the same time, he would meet later.
Apparently, the Goa Forward Executive Committee waited for Digvijay Singh till the evening but it was akin to waiting for Goddot as there was no indication whatsoever from the Congress camp.
As they could not wait any longer, Vijai Sardesai along with the other two MLAs decided to align with the BJP.
Meanwhile, Prabhakar Timble did admit that talks were on with the Congress Party for an alliance. However, he said the decision to go with the BJP was taken too abruptly and in an unprofessional manner and that was the reason why he had quit.
Pointing out that he has been a votary of a local party governing Goa even before Goa Forward Party was formed, he said there was no need for him to resign as a primary member of the party unless he had plans to join some other party.
“I can remain with the party and point out the mistakes so that it can correct itself rather than being a critique from outside,” he said dismissing rumours that his resignation was an eye