Political Drama Unfolds in Goa as 10 of 15 Congress MLAs Break Away from Party to Join BJP

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With 10 MLAs changing sides, the strength of Congress in the House would be reduced to five.

PTI

Updated:July 10, 2019, 8:37 PM IST

Political Drama Unfolds in Goa as 10 of 15 Congress MLAs Break Away from Party to Join BJP
Rebel Congress MLAs, accompanied by Goa chief minister pramod Sawant, submitting letter to Speaker.

Panaji: Winds of political instability in neighbouring Karnataka reached Goa on Wednesday, with two-thirds (10 out of 15) of the Congress MLAs breaking away to merge with the ruling BJP.

The group, led by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, met Assembly Speaker Rajesh Patnekar in the evening and gave him a letter, informing him about their breaking away from the party. The MLAs include Atanasio Monserratte, Jeniffer Monserratte, Francis Silveira, Philip Nery Rodrigues, Cleaofacio Dias, Wilfred DSa, Nilkant Halarnkar and Isidor Fernandes.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant was present when group arrived at the Assembly complex around 7.30 pm. Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo was also present.

With 10 MLAs changing sides, the strength of Congress in the House would be reduced to five. The BJP is the single largest party with 17, the Goa Forward Party and the Independents have three each, while one MLA each is from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP).

When asked, Kavlekar refused to disclose the reason behind their move, but said they will make a statement later.

Sawant was sworn in as the chief minister in March this year, after the death of then CM Manohar Parrikar.





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