Former Curtarim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, who resigned from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) within a month of joining it, on Monday, January 17, said that he will re-join Congress ahead of the 2022 Goa Assembly election.
Addressing a press conference in Margao, Lourenco said that he had decided to join the TMC in the interest of people because he was promised a new dawn.
"I had joined TMC thinking of a new dawn in Goa but things didn't go well. I have quit the party because my people were not happy with the decision. Today my people have told me to rejoin the Congress party and the decision will be made in the next 2-3 days," the three-time MLA said,
He said that his decision to join the Mamata Banerjee-led party was a mistake and that he now wanted to be the same person whom people trust.
"I have hurt many friends and also my near and dear supporters (by crossing over to TMC). I also hurt my family members and those who stood with me in thick and thin," he said.
"I have fought for the people. I had raised their issues in the Legislative Assembly. I have worked for the people with my heart and mind," he said.
Speaking to GT on Sunday night, Lourenco had said that he made a mistake by "rushing the decision to join TMC without asking his supporters."
"I went to Trinamool for the sole purpose of making my people's better. But people did not like that decision. When I went to them, people were saying that you would divide the vote. That is why I resigned from the Trinamool. I apologise to anyone who has been hurt by my wrong decision," Lourenco said.
Former minister Michal Lobo, who quit the BJP and joined the Congress on January 11, has extended an invitation to Lourenco to return to the party.
“To strengthen the @INCGoa and to boost our purpose of forming Congress government in 2022 in Goa, I request Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco to join us back,” Lobo tweeted on Sunday
In December 2021, Lourenco had quit the Congress party and the Goa Assembly and joined TMC in the presence of party supremo Mamata Banerjee and national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee in Kolkata.