Luizinho Faleiro, the leader of the Trinamool congress, today denied rumors that he would leave the party because his decision to withdraw from the Goa election match sparked huge speculation.
This morning Mr Faleiro announced that he would no longer compete against Fatorda and instead a woman would be the Trinamool candidate.
“I announce my withdrawal as a candidate for the Goa Trinamool Congress from Fatorda and hand over the baton to a young woman, a professional. That has been the policy of the party – to empower the women,” said Mr Faleiro in Panama.
The announcement sparked speculation that Mr Faleiro is on his way from Trinamool, the party he joined last year after leaving Congress.
“Rumors about my resignation from TMC are false, mischievous and malicious,” Faleiro said.
He explained that he had decided that instead of running in the elections in Goa and limiting himself to one seat, he would campaign for the Trinamool Congress in all seats.
“I made this decision after consulting with the National Chair of our party (Mamata Banerjee), because I would like to fight and campaign all over Goa for all TMC candidates so that they can perform well,” Faleiro said.
Faleiro left Congress and joined the Bengali party launching its campaign for its debut election in Goa. He was also sent to the Rajya Sabha by the Trinamool.
But he was named by the Trinamool for the Fatorda seat instead of his usual Navelim, where MLA Churchill Alameo’s daughter Valanka Alameo has been named the candidate.
According to reports, Mr Faleiro expected a defeat from Fatorda and that is the real reason behind his decision to withdraw from the competition. The veteran Goa politician, who left Congress in September, is also said to have felt that the Trinamool, a newcomer to Goa, is unable to make the impact he had hoped for.
But Faleiro said he made the decision because he “couldn’t do justice” in the last election. “My previous experience says that when I fought the elections last time, we couldn’t do them justice. To replace me, we have a very capable Flora, who will represent the Fatorda constituency,” he added.
The Trinamool has now nominated Seoula Avilia Vas for the Fatorda competition.
“We have chosen a woman who is a fighter, an activist and most importantly she has no ties to any political family. That is what Mamata Banerjee wants to do,” said Mahua Moitra, who is in charge of Trinamool’s Goa campaign. .
Ms Moitra also said: “We are not here as a last resort, but a real and fair option for people of Fatorda who do not want BJP.”