Goa crisis Updates: 10 rebel Congress MLAs likely to fly to Delhi tonight
After Karnataka, 10 Goa Congress MLAs, along with Leader of the Opposition, on Wednesday, merged with the BJP.
The development came after 10 Goa Congress MLAs approached Assembly Speaker Speaker Rajesh Patnekar to split from the party.
The MLAs have not put forward any condition, they have joined BJP unconditionally.
The strength of the Congress party in Goa was 15.
The Congress, which had emerged as the single-largest party after 2017 Assembly polls in Goa, is now reduced to five MLAs.
And with the emergence of new MLAs, the BJP now has 27 lawmakers in the 40-member assembly. Earlier the BJP had 17 lawmakers.
The new political developments come at a time when Karnataka has been hogging headlines as the coalition government in the state is on its last-ditch to save itself after the resignation of 16 Congress-Janata Dal-Secular MLAs.
Here are the updates on the Goa political crisis:
11:30pm Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar said BJP has exposed its security with its coalition partner.
Girish Chodankar, President, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee: BJP has exposed its intense insecurity with its coalition partner & within its camp by inducting 10 Congress MLAs in their camp. They are not attempting to have One Nation One Election but One Nation One Party. pic.twitter.com/Ly3tACDYU8ANI (@ANI) July 10, 2019
9:40pm Goa Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo on the resignation of 10 Goa Congress MLAs.
Goa Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo: 10 MLAs of Congress, 2/3rd of its strength, separated & merged with BJP. Under Schedule 10 of Constitution, they have done the merger. 10 MLAs led by Babu Kavlekar (Chandrakant Kavlekar) who was leader of opposition earlier, merged. pic.twitter.com/fe6YpwoIRRANI (@ANI) July 10, 2019
9:32pm: Goa Assembly Speaker Rajesh Patnekar on Wednesday said he has accepted the letter of resignation of MLAs along with another letter, which was sent by Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.
Goa Assembly Speaker Rajesh Patnekar: Today 10 Congress MLAs gave one letter to me that they are merging with BJP. The second letter was given by Goa CM Pramod Sawant that strength of BJP has been changed. I have accepted both the letters. pic.twitter.com/UUeNQrRLWZANI (@ANI) July 10, 2019
9:32pm Rebel MLAs are expected to reach Delhi by tonight and are scheduled to meet Home Minister Amit Shah and working party chief JP Nadda tomorrow.
9:27 pm Rebel Goa MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar after the merger on Wednesday said, "Ten of us entered into BJP today, just because the Chief Minister is doing good work. I was the Leader of Opposition, despite that development work in our constituency could not be done. Despite being the single largest party we could not form the government."
9:23pm All 10 MLAs are likely to fly to Delhi tonight.
9:21pm Goa Congress MLA's who split from the party include Babu Kavalekar, Babush Monserratte, Jennifer Monserrate, Tony Fernandes, Francis Silveira, Filipe Neri Rodrigues, Clafasio, Wilfred De Sa, Nilkant Halankar and Isidore Fernandes.