By Linus Garg
First publised on 2021-12-26 14:49:39
Five prominent Goan politicians, who had joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) a few months back, have left the party after alleging that it is trying to divide Goans along communal lines. This is a serious allegation and will tarnish the image and credibility of the TMC in the state ahead of the elections.
Former MLA Lavoo Mamledar, along with Ram Mandrekar, Kishor Parwar, Komal Parwar and Sujay Mallik all quit the TMC saying that the party and the company it has hired to manage its affairs in the state "have not understood Goa and Goans."
They also charged the party with trying to fool the people of the state by announcing a Griha Laxmi scheme whereby women head of families will receive Rs 5000 per month while its government in West Bengal has a similar scheme where only Rs 500 is paid per family. This, they alleged, was being done only to collect data of voters in the state. This issue has also dogged the party in Bengal where the BJP said that the TMC thinks "the price of women is cheaper in West Bengal".
They also alleged that the TMC was trying to divide Goans along communal lines by trying to ensure that the Hindu votes went to Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) of Sudin Dhavalikar while the Catholic votes went to the TMC.
These are serious allegations and since they have been made by new entrants to the party who are experienced and informed about the politics in the state, the TMC will have to take serious note and issue clarifications. Otherwise, it foray into the state will receive a setback as more local leaders will start thinking along these lines.
As the TMC does not have a base in Goa, it is trying to enroll local leaders from other parties, mainly the Congress. But if it is branded as a party that has little or no knowledge of state politics and is being driven by a private company, people will not take it seriously. This also shows how regional parties trying to spread their wings in other states have to be very careful and make proper analysis before making an attempt to move in.