Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh was removed from his post as the party’s general secretary of Goa after the election fiasco. According to ANI, A Chella Kumar has been made Goa Incharge for Congress, replacing the senior leader. Amit Deshmukh, meanwhile, has been named the Congress party secretary of the state. Digvijaya Singh has also been removed as the general secretary of Congress affairs in Karnataka. K C Venugopal has replaced Digvijaya Singh as the General Secretary of the Congress party in Karnataka, where the assembly polls are due in 2018.
Earlier this year, the Congress party had won 17 seats in the February 4 elections in Goa and despite emerging from the polls as the single largest party in the state, had failed to form a government. While this had started a series of blame games within the Congress party, it had revealed the gaping holes in the leadership of the grand old party. The Bhartiya Janata Party under then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had managed to form an alliance with support from Independent legislators and regional parties to form a government in the state.
Parrikar, who later took the oath of the Chief Minister had even mockingly thanked Digvijaya Singh for failing to garner support and form a government in the state, despite being the single largest party after the election. According to IE, Parrikar had said, “My special thanks to honourable member Digvijaya Singh, who happened to be in Goa but did nothing so that I could form the government.” On being asked why he gave special thanks to Digvijaya Singh by reporters, the Goa Chief Minister had said, “I thanked him for his incompetence.”