New Delhi: Senior Congress leader KC Venugopal has said that no talks regarding an alliance with Trinamool Congress were held during his meeting with Rahul Gandhi.
Taking to Twitter, the senior Congress leader said that the rumour in circulation that a possible alliance with the TMC was discussed by Rahul Gandhi in the meeting is completely “baseless and untrue”.
“The rumour in circulation that a possible alliance with TMC was discussed by Shri Rahul Gandhi in today’s meeting is completely baseless & untrue. Let me assure that the Congress party is confident- we will put Goa back on the path to progress soon,” Venugopal tweeted.
Rahul Gandhi returned back to India on Sunday night from his personal visit abroad, informed party sources on Monday.
He held a meeting on Monday evening with General Secretary KC Venugopal and Senior Observer of AICC for Goa P Chidambaram through video conferencing and took stock of the poll preparedness and Congress campaign strategy in the state where voting for assembly polls is scheduled to be held on February 14.
Earlier, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also said that it won’t forge an alliance with Trinamool Congress for the 2022 Goa assembly elections.
The term of the 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly ends on March 15, 2022.
The Election Commission of India on Saturday announced the dates for Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand, which will be held between February to March, 2022. Uttar Pradesh will go to poll in 7 phases from February 10 to March 7, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa will vote on February 14 and Manipur to vote in two phases on February 27 and March 3.
The notification for elections will be out on January 21 and the last date of nominations will be January 28. The scrutiny of all the nominated candidates will be done on January 29. The date of withdrawal of candidates will be January 31. The counting of votes will take place on March 10, the EC said on Saturday. The counting of votes will take place on March 10, the EC said on Saturday.
Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Election Commission on Saturday banned election rallies, roadshows and corner meetings till January 15 in the five poll-bound states. Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said the poll authority will review the COVID-19 situation on January 15 and take a further call on allowing public rallies.
“The Commission will not hesitate to bar parties from further rallies if COVID protocol is not followed,” Chandra said. The Commission also set out stringent COVID guidelines, restricting the number of persons allowed for door-to-door campaigns to five.
Political parties have been asked to provide masks, hand sanitisers to people attending rallies, if they are allowed, Chandra said.
In the 2017 Goa Assembly polls, the average turnout was 81.21%. Out of the total eligible voters 78.40% male cast their votes and 83.94% females did the same.
While the Congress won 17 seats, the BJP came second with 13. The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, Goa Forward Party and Independent candidates had won 3 seats each and Sharad Pawar’s NCP got just 1 seat.
(With ANI Inputs)