Sonia to take decision on Goa legislature leader

Panaji: Still smarting under its recent debacle in Goa polls, opposition Congress has failed to elect its leader for the Assembly leaving the decision to party president Sonia Gandhi.

Senior party leaders Mukul Vasnik and Jagmit Singh Brar held discussions with individual legislators after the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) failed to arrive at a consensus over the leader at its meeting held on Saturday evening.

Three CLP members – Atanasio Monserratte, Jeniffer Monserrate and Pandurang Madkaikar, did not attend the meeting.

Vasnik said party president Sonia Gandhi would take a call on the issue and will get back to the state leadership. "CLP has adopted a single line resolution authorising the party president to take decision on the matter," he said.

Former chief minister Digambar Kamat and former speaker of legislative Assembly Pratapsinh Rane are frontrunners for CLP leader`s post. The CLP leader will be the leader of opposition in the Assembly as the Congress was the second largest party after BJP.

Congress will have to decide upon the CLP leader by today afternoon as the state legislative Assembly session is beginning from tomorrow. Congress suffered reverses at the recently concluded polls winning only 9 seats while BJP emerged as the largest single party lapping up 21 seats in the 40-member House.