Former MLA and Goa Forward Party working president Kiran Kandolkar on Saturday broke party rank and, along with his wife Kavita Kandolkar, joined the Trinamool Congress. At least 40 other dissenting party office bearers and local body leaders also took the cue and joined the TMC.
Kandolkar was welcomed into the party by MP Mahua Moitra and TMC national vice president Luizinho Faleiro. He reportedly quit the GFP in protest against a possible alliance with the Congress for the upcoming state Assembly polls.
The TMC looks to strengthen its ranks in Goa, as several leaders have already joined hands with the Mamata Banerjee-led party. In September, former chief minister of Goa, Luizinho Faleiro, quit the Congress and joined the TMC. He was named vice president within a month of joining the party.