With Congress bigwigs set to campaign in Goa in the next few days, many leaders are hoping that the high command will replicate the Punjab formula by announcing the CM candidate ahead of the polls.
“The high command should repeat the Punjab formula in Goa. This will help the party regain the ground it had lost due to the allegations of illegal mining and corruption scams during the Kamat rule,” a senior Congress leader said.
The party has several CM aspirants. Pratapsinh Rane, Francisco Sardinha, Churchill Alemao, Ravi Naik and Luizinho Falerio have all been CM. But so far, Kamat is the only one to have completed the full term — around four and a half years to be precise — since Goa attained statehood in 1987.
Many leaders, some of them Kamat’s detractors, feel the leadership should announce the CM candidate also to clear confusion among the voters and workers.
“People will know who they are voting for. There will be clarity among the workers as well,” said another leader.
Smelling victory in polls, many of these aspirants have already started lobbying for the top post. But there is also the possibility of the leadership throwing up a new candidate this time to project that it has acted against the tainted ones.
Sources said deputy speaker in the outgoing assembly Mauvin Godinho, who has a clean image and age on his side, and health minister Vishwajeet Rane could emerge as dark-horses. In October-November last year when the Kamat government was in the dock over the allegations of illegal mining and corruption scandals, the high command had zeroed in on Godinho and Pratapsinh Rane as the likely replacements. However, there are still many who believe the high command will take the decision only after the polls.