Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar has resigned from office and takes moral responsibility for his party’s poor performance in the recently concluded state assembly elections. Dinesh Gundu Rao, the head of the India Congress Committee’s Goa bureau, told PTI on Tuesday that Chodankar has sent his resignation to the AICC.

Chodankar was at the helm of congressional affairs during the recent elections to the 40-member Goa assembly.

Congress won 11 seats and ally Goa Forward Party secured one seat, while the BJP emerged as the largest party winning 20 seats.

After the poll results were announced last Thursday, Chodankar had offered to quit, taking moral responsibility for his party’s poor show.

Congressional sources said Chodankar’s resignation will be accepted and a new face will replace him.

“Leaders like Sankalp Amonkar, Aleixo Sequeira and Elvis Gomes are frontrunners for the post,” they said.

Amonkar and Sequeira won the recent Assembly polls, while Gomes, a former bureaucrat, lost the election to the Panaji Assembly seat.

The sources also do not rule out the possibility that Congress would consider senior leader Digambar Kamat, who won the Margao Assembly seat, for the highest party post in the coastal state.

In the 2017 Goa Assembly polls, Congress had become the largest party by winning 17 seats, but failed to form a government. The BJP, which had won 13 seats by then, came to power with the support of some regional parties and independents.

This time, Congress hoped for a clear mandate to avoid the 2017 fiasco, but failed to secure a majority.

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