Congress may move Goa candidates to resort amid defection fears

Congress looks to consolidate itself with poll of polls predicting a hung assembly in Goa

Sources have told NDTV that the Congress party is looking to prevent the defection of its candidates in Goa after predictions of a hung assembly were given out by exit polls on Tuesday.

The party has reportedly moved its candidates to a resort in north Goa, where they will stay until Thursday’s counting of votes is over and the results are out.

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“All our MLAs have decided to be together,” Congress leader and Goa in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao told NDTV.

A proactive Congress has also reached out to the Trinamool Congress and Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

AAP’s chief minister candidate Amit Palekar confirmed to NDTV that the Congress has reached out to his party. “Some people from the Congress have contacted us,” Mr Palekar said.

Meanwhile, current Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sawant hinted at a post-poll alliace with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), though on March 5 MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar had stated that any government led by Sawant will not have their support.