Panaji: Goa Trinamool Congress chief Kiran Kandolkar has claimed that their political consultant I-PAC abandoned the party candidates after the state Assembly polls held last week. Talking to reporters here on Monday, Mr Kandolkar also said he was not quitting as TMC’s Goa unit chief, but was upset with I-PAC head Prashant Kishor and his team.
There has been speculation since some time about a rift between the Trinamool and I-PAC (Indian Political Action Committee), which had helped the Mamata Banerjee-led party during the West Bengal Assembly polls.
The Trinamool contested the Goa Assembly elections in alliance with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP). Polling was held on February 14 and the counting of votes will be done on March 10.
Mr Kandolkar had contested the election from Aldona Assembly seat, while his wife Kavita contested from Thivim on Trinamool’s ticket.
He claimed that most of the Trinamool candidates in Goa felt they were abandoned by the I-PAC after the polls. “All candidates fielded by the TMC have some or the other issues with the I-PAC. When the candidates told me about their issues with Prashant Kishor and his I-PAC team, I discussed the matter with my party workers, who advised me to quit as the TMC Goa president,” he said.
“I am not quitting as TMC Goa head, but I am upset with Prashant Kishor and the I-PAC team,” he said. A meeting of all party candidates has been called on Tuesday to discuss the polling in their respective Assembly constituencies, he added.