Panaji, April 29: Veteran Congress leader Digvijaya Singh was removed as Congress’ Goa in-charge on Sunday. The party has announced Amit Deshmukh, the MLA from Maharashtra’s Latur, as his replacement. The decision came in the aftermath of the post-poll debacle by Congress in Goa, allowing the Bharatiya Janata Party to form government despite winning less number of seats than Congress.
In the recently held Goa assembly elections, Congress emerged as the single largest party, winning 18 out of the 40 seats contested. With three short of majority, the party was expected to gain support from Goa Forward Party, which is ideologically inclined towards the Congress than the BJP. However, it was BJP’s Nitin Gadkari who outsmarted Digvijaya in terms of realpolitik. Despite winning 13 seats, the saffron party formed the government by successfully stitching an alliance with the Goa Forward Party, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and two independents.