Prasad Gaonkar, an Independent MLA from Sanguem who pledged to assist AITC in October, has now pledged assist to Congress. Former MLAs Lavoo Mamledar, Mohiddin Arif and different leaders too have stop AITC. In December, GPCC working president and 3-time MLA Aleixo Lourenco joined the AITC, however stop in a month.
“AITC simply parachuted into Goa. There is a subtle anger against migrants even though they contribute to the economy. AITC’s entry has evoked fears of more outsiders arriving to the state,” mentioned an analyst, including: “People don’t understand Goa is a small state, where they have a personal relationship with the MLA. A legislator helps from getting electricity connections to even getting a traffic challan cancelled.”
“The Congress has managed to create a sense that AITC will divide opposition votes and help BJP,” an industrialist mentioned. Lourenco echoed this when he apologised to the individuals of his constituency for becoming a member of an ‘outdoors celebration to separate opposition votes’.
The desertions have created doubt in the AITC management, prompting it to ship feelers to Congress for an alliance, which the latter refused. AITC may not win greater than 3 seats and the celebration’s greatest likelihood is in Benaulim, the place Churchill Alemao is contesting, and Navelim, the place his daughter Valanka is in the fray.