Former Goa CM Luizinho Faleiro joined the All India Trinamool Congress on Wednesday, calling the West Bengal-based party a “credible alternative” in Goa in the run-up to next year’s assembly election, even as he spoke about formation of “a united Congress family” with the YSR Congress, NCP and AITC coming together to defeat the BJP.
“I have lived as a Congressman for the last 40 years and have the same ideology and principles. Today, when I am joining Trinamool Congress, it is like bringing the Congress family together,” he said.
Calling AITC chief Mamata Banerjee the only leader who has taken on the BJP over its divisive agenda, the seven-time MLA from Goa said that his state needs fighters like her. “I have urged Didi (Banerjee) to come to Goa to achieve our aims and preserve the culture,” he said.
“I am starting my journey with Didi. Goa needs a credible alternative and Trinamool Congress is that credible alternative. Bringing the Congress family together is a movement and we need all the family members. Mamataji can fight against the BJP,” said Faleiro. “I will ensure that the Congress family is consolidated. My mission to join Trinamool is to defeat the BJP’s culture of hatred and intolerance. Today India and my little Goa are in an economic meltdown. Overall administration has collapsed.”
Faleiro joined the AITC in Kolkata with nine other leaders. Former MLA from MGP Lavoo Mamledar, Congress general secretaries Yatish Naik and Vijay Poi, and Congress secretaries Mario Pinto De Santana and Anand Naik were among those who joined the AITC with Faleiro.