Congress in Goa is fighting fierce power struggles and senior leaders are about to leave the party to join the Trinamool Congress. After former Goa CM Luizinho Faleiro, who is likely to join TMC on Wednesday, sources have now told CNN-News18 that senior lawyer Antonio Clovis Costa will formally join the party in West Bengal on the same day.
Costa is the president of the South Goa Advocates Association. He played a key role in filing a PIL and sought urgent help and assistance during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in which several patients reportedly lost their lives due to oxygen starvation at Goa Medical College.
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Photos available exclusively to CNN-NEWS18 show the senior attorney with TMC MP Derek O’Brien. According to sources, Derek met the young lawyer during his recent trip to Goa. Costa also previously met with I-PAC founder Prashant Kishor in Kolkata, sources said.
According to a senior TMC leader, currently camping in Goa, it was Costa’s clean image that made him a natural choice for the party. “He is not affiliated with any political party and therefore has done well in his field by reaching out to people, especially during the pandemic. He was a natural choice,” the leader added.
Sources also said Costa is likely the TMC candidate from Velim constituency. Goa is scheduled for polls in February 2022. CNN-News18 tried to reach Clovis for a comment, but he did not respond to calls and messages. It is believed that he is already on his way to Kolkata.
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On Wednesday’s program in the capital of West Bengal, former Congress heavyweight Faleiro, along with other former party leaders, will join the TMC in the presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Costa will also be part of the same program.
Faleiro had said at a press conference on Monday that Goa needed a street fighter like Mamata to fight the BJP in the coastal state.
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