In an interesting development, candidates who were shortlisted by the Nationalist Congress Party have threatened to quit the party and contest as Independents in the event their candidature is not accepted by the party leadership as part of the alliance deal with the Congress.
Sources said that NCP Cortalim candidate Nelly Rodrigues, Nuvem nominee Vincent Rodrigues, Navelim contender George Barretto and others met in the city here on Wednesday and decided to contest as Independents in the event their claim is not considered in the
Nelly Rodrigues made it very clear that if her candidature does not find favour with the NCP leadership, she would go ahead and contest the ensuing poll as an Independent.
“I have already covered much ground in Cortalim constituency and there’s no going back if my candidature does not find favour with
the NCP leadership,”
Vincent Rodrigues, who was declared as the party Nuvem candidate, also echoed similar sentiments.
“Since I have already started my campaign and covered much ground, I will contest as an Independent if the Nuvem seat does not come to the NCP as part of the alliance deal with the Congress,”
NCP Navelim ticket contender George Barretto said he would contest as an Independent whether the party leadership strikes an alliance with the Congress