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Cong approaches AAP for united attack against BJP

Party heads meet, but talks remain inconclusive

16th March 2019, 03:56 Hrs

AAP IN FRAY,
WON'T QUIT

>> Says it has moved ahead in its campaign and its volunteers are moving on the ground to drum up support for the party
>> Does not foresee any possibility of taking a turn when the party has already advanced so much in the election campaign
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CONGRESS FOR
UNITED FIGHT

>> Vows to continue with its efforts of reaching out to the non-BJP forces to take on the BJP unitedly
>> Girish and Elvis have met informally on a couple of occasions on the sidelines of social functions
MARGAO: In an exercise aimed at uniting all anti-BJP forces in a bid to offer an united fight against the BJP in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Girish Chodankar had a meeting with Aam Aadmi Party state convenor Elvis Gomes late Thursday night.
The discussions, which centered around fighting the BJP unitedly, however, could not reach any conclusion with the GPCC chief saying the Congress will continue to hold dialogue with all anti-BJP forces to defeat the ruling party in the ensuing election.
When asked if the party would leave the field for others to defeat the BJP, Elvis Gomes who is convenor of AAP, however, said the party will cross the bridge when it comes. “I want to make it clear that AAP has moved ahead in its campaign. Our ground level volunteers are moving on the ground to drum up support for the party in the coming election," Elvis said, while adding that he personally does not foresee any possibility of taking a turn when the party has already advanced so much in the election campaign.
The GPCC chief, on the other hand, pointed out that the Congress would continue with its efforts of reaching out to the non-BJP forces and groups to take on the BJP unitedly in the coming election. Sources in the know said this was not the first time that the GPCC chief and AAP state convenor have met informally to discuss the emerging political situation in the State. Both Girish and Elvis have been on record saying the duo had met informally on a couple of occasions on the sidelines of social functions, with Elvis going to the extent of saying that the informal talks have not yet crystalized into formal discussions.
In a recent interview to The Goan, the AAP convenor had made it clear that he does not see any possibility of the party withdrawing from the fray, saying the party volunteers have already covered a lot of ground in the two constituencies, while the Congress and other parties are yet to shortlist their candidates.