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Goa: Chidambaram takes dig at TMC over pre-poll promise, AAP says no alliance with TMC

On Saturday, TMC leader Mahua Moitra said under a scheme titled Griha Laxmi, Rs 5,000 would be transferred to a woman of every household per month as guaranteed income support to counter inflation.

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR | Panaji |
Updated: December 12, 2021 3:46:40 pm
P Chidambaram is the Congress' Goa poll in-charge. (File)

A day after the Trinamool Congress (TMC) announced its Griha Laxmi scheme that promises to give Rs 5,000 a month to female head of every household in Goa as a poll assurance, senior Congress leader and the AICC special observer for Goa P Chidambaram criticised it in a tweet, suggesting it was not feasible: “Here is a math that deserves the Nobel Prize for Economics. A monthly grant of Rs 5,000 to a woman in 3.5 lakh households in Goa will cost Rs 175 crore a month. That is Rs 2,100 crore a year. It is a “small” sum for the State of Goa that had an outstanding debt of Rs 23,473 crore at the end of March 2020. God bless Goa! Or should it be God save Goa?”

TMC MP and Goa state in-charge Mahua Moitra replied to Chidambaram in a tweet: “Yes sir @PChidambaram_IN Rs 5000 to 3.5 lakh Goan households = Rs 2100 crore is 6-8% of total budget which is perfectly doable. Good economics in depressed post Covid scenario requires putting cash in hand and liquidity into system.”

The Goa TMC also said in response to Chidambaram’s tweet: “You can continue doing the Math @PChidambaram_IN ji, while we are busy immersing ourselves in serving the people of Goa since that’s the need of the hour. Goa deserves good & sensible governance & it’s time someone provided that.”

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chairperson Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to arrive in Goa on Sunday evening for a two-day visit to the poll-bound state. This will be Banerjee’s second visit to Goa since her party announced in September that it will be contesting all 40 seats in the upcoming assembly polls in the state.

The TMC that earlier announced its pre-poll alliance with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), an estranged ally of the BJP, is expected to host an event with Banerjee, TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee, and leaders of MGP — Deepak Dhavalikar and Ramkrishna alias Sudin Dhavalikar — sharing the stage.

Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Atishi Marleena said on Sunday that there would be no alliance between the party led by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Goa.

Responding to a tweet that cited a newspaper report, Atishi, the AAP’s Goa desk incharge, wrote: “I say with full responsibility that there will be no alliance with the TMC. So, there is no question of any talks with them. We are determined to give Goa a fresh alternative with good candidates and form a honest, corruption-free government.”

In an interview with a news channel earlier, Kejriwal had said that a pre-poll alliance was not on the cards for the AAP in Goa. “After the election, we may form an alliance with a party other than the BJP, if there is a need for it,” Kejriwal said.

About the TMC’s entry into Goan politics, Kejriwal had said, “TMC has no chance. By coming just three months before the election, it is like insulting the people of a city. You should have worked at least two to five years with the people.”

On her last visit to Goa on October, 30, Mamata Banerjee, who had shared cordial relations with Kejriwal in the past, said: “I love him (Kejriwal). I have no problem with that. In Delhi, they won because of Anna Hazare. You have to appreciate that…It is not that every time only one political party will come. Have I stopped them from going to Punjab? Why would they stop us from coming to Goa? I cannot talk about any other party because they have their own freedom, their own choice, their own set-up. I can talk about my party and local regional parties who are really facing trouble and they want to fight the BJP.”

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