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Pablo Casado did not appear on October 1 because he did not agree with the version of Mariano Rajoy and Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

Pablo Casado did not agree with the version that the top leaders of the PP, then in the government, offered during the day of the October 1, 2017 on the referendum organized by the Generalitat. President popular, who then held the position of Deputy Secretary of Communication of the party, he decided not to appear before the media, to assess a day marked by police intervention at various voting points, because “he did not agree with those who said that they were voting in comparable elections or with those who said that there was no voting “. This is what he expressed this morning in an interview on Rac1, where he added that what happened on 1-O “It should have been avoided.”

Casado explained that among the reasons for presenting himself, a few months later, to the primaries of the PP presidency, the will to offer “something different” to Cataluña: “Presence, listening and firmness in what I think”.

That presence of the leader popular in the community, constant for several weeks, today has as its main destination Tarragona, where he participates in an act of the campaña electoral. In that province, shortly before midnight on December 21, 2017, the PP lost its only seat in favor of Ciudadanos, precisely the one that corresponded to the spokesperson of its group in the Parliament, Alejandro Fernández, today the party’s top leader and candidate for the presidency of the Generalitat. Three days later, after the counting of the external vote, the popular they recovered the minutes in that circumscription equaling their sum of deputies in the hemicycle to the four of the CUP.

In the calculations of the conservative formation, it is essential that their representation in a province where in the elections from 2010 and 2012 it got three representatives. For this reason, it is not surprising that Casado has once again wrapped up the head of ranks in Catalonia in an act of his candidacy with members.

The competition with Ciudadanos was the one that led the PP to stay with a single deputy in Tarragona in 2015, the year of the elections named “plebiscitary” by Artur Mas. The blazing rise of the Liberals, as the procés As he pressed the accelerator, it was translated from his first seat in 2012 in this region to multiplying it by four in 2015 and reaching five two years later. In the elections next Sunday, to the struggle of the PP with Cs for its natural space is added the danger of Vox’s breath on the neck. The popular They achieved just over 20,000 votes in 2017, a figure that, although it won the same award in Parliament, was far from the almost 37,000 votes in 2015 and that now runs into competition from Santiago Abascal’s party.

As they have also done in the other three Catalan provinces, Casado and Fernández have scheduled meetings with representatives from various economic sectors of Tarragona capital and Tortosa. With a horizon marked by the consequences of the crisis caused by the coronavirus and after several years of repetitive identity debates in Catalonia, this has been one of the constants in the strategy of the electoral campaign of the popular, determined to apply in a native version that “The economy, stupid” popularized during the campaign of Bill Clinton for the 1992 US elections.

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