Goa local polls Congress chief Girish Chodankar quits over poor show


Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar

Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar said on Friday that he resigned from office taking responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the recent Zilla Panchayat (ZP) elections. Chodankar said earlier this week that he submitted his resignation as chairman of the Goa Pradesh Congressional Committee (GPCC) to the acting head of the party, Sonia Gandhi, and to the state manager, Dinesh Gundu Rao.

Congress had won just four seats in Zilla Panchayat, out of the 49 where elections were held last week. The ruling BJP had bagged 32 seats.

The results of the Zilla Panchayat polls were announced on December 14.

“Assuming full responsibility for the results of ZP. I have submitted my resignation from the position of head of GPCC,” he said without elaborating.

Chodankar was appointed head of GPCC in April 2018, replacing Shantaram Naik, a former member of Parliament.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the party won one of two seats in Goa.

Their candidate Francisco Sardinha was elected from South Goa defeating the acting BJP MP, Narendra Sawaikar.

Assembly elections in Goa are due to take place in early 2022.

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