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NCP’s lesson to Congress – get your house in order

Mumbai, Jan 23 (IANS): Amid row over alliance in Goa between Maharashtra MVA partners – NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena, NCP leader Majeed Memon has lessons for Congress and asked them to put some order in their house.

Memon tweeted: “Congress must get its house in order soon by declaring a regular leader and reconciling with G22 members, if it is to play a significant role in forming an opposition front. powerful across India to take on the NDA in 2024.”

The unprecedented attack by the NCP leader follows Congress’ refusal to ally itself with any party in Goa except with the GFP. The three parties formed Maha Vikas Aghadi in Maharashtra but in Goa the Congress is already allied with the Goa Forward Party.

The Congress is unwilling to ally and sources say it believes the NCP and Shiv Sena in the fray will split the BJP votes.

The Shiv Sena leader in the past had met with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for the same but things didn’t work out as Congress’ assessment is that people will vote for a change. NCP leader Praful Patel said his party would compete with the Shiv Sena in the state.

The Congress came under attack from the Trinamool Congress and its Vice President Pawan Varma said on Friday that top Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi and P. Chidambaram had failed to “rise above of their narrow silos” to respond to political challenges.

Addressing a press conference here, Varma also cited Congress as the main obstacle for parties like Trinamool to take on the BJP.

“Congress is driven by the ambition of a leader whose inadequacy I need not explain. Since 2012, Congress under this leadership has lost 90% of the elections it has contested. could hold, why would there be a need for change? You’ve seen the record… 2014, 2019,” Varma told reporters.