Mass defectionis a 2019 redux for Goa Congress, and particularly embarrassing for the celebration in the center of Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’
Panaji: Hardly two months following the Congress appeared to have staved off a defection bid, 8 of its 11 MLAs led by best leaders Digambar Kamat and Michael Lobo joined the judgment BJP, lowering the opposition celebration to simply 3 associates inside a House of 40. The mass defection – a 2019 redux for Goa Congress – is greatly awkward for your party in the middle of Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ (Unite India March), at which the BJP continues to be getting jibes: “Jodo (Unite) your party initially.”
With eight MLAs breaking up out as a group – that is two thirds from the party strength – they can’t be disqualified underneath the anti–defection law.
“It really is Congress chhoro (quit Congress), BJP ko jodo,” quipped Michael Lobo because the MLAs announced their change in what’s becoming known as yet another ‘Operation Lotus’, known as after the BJP’s survey symbol.
“It’s ‘Operation Kichad (Mud)’,” reacted Congress spokesman Pawan Khera. Threats by goons, lure of money – to do this, because it is rattled by the Bharat Jodo Yatra., “The BJP used all kinds of tactics – central probe agencies” Congress ally Goa Ahead Celebration reacted with scorn as well, stating the defecting MLAs are “icons of pure wicked”.
Digambar Kamat and Michael Lobo were at the center from the switchover speculation in July as well, and the Congress had even requested the speaker to disqualify them underneath the anti–defection legislation. No replacement was named, even though the party removed Michael Lobo as Leader of Opposition.
This morning, the MLAs’ meeting using the Presenter set up off the supposition as the set up is not in session. State BJP chief Sadanand Shet Tanavade then informed information agency PTI that they are signing up for the celebration.
In July, Mr Kamat, a previous main minister, experienced stated he was “shocked and surprised” in the allegations of leading a division. Even Michael Lobo, who had been in the BJP prior to joining the Congress ahead of elections earlier this year, experienced stated there was clearly “no talk of any division”.
Today Mr Kamat said, “We are unhappy with Congress. We noticed what happened with Ghulam Nabi Azad,” referring to the senior citizen leader who lately quit the celebration while questioning Rahul Gandhi’s political acumen. “We will work together with PM Narendra Modi and Goa CM Pramod Sawant for betterment of the state.”
Goa Congress splintered in a similar style in 2019, when sixty-six per cent of their assembly power – 10 of 15 MLAs – defected towards the BJP, which explains why the party this year made its candidates take a loyalty vow in the existence of Rahul Gandhi. Evidently, that didn’t work on at least eight of them.
The defection wasn’t unpredicted despite the fact that in July the Congress were able to keep at least 7 of their MLAs by using it. There was clearly no final shift from the 4 others, including – apart from Mr Lobo and Mr Kamat – Kedar Naik and Delilah Lobo, Mr Lobo’s wife.
Senior innovator Mukul Wasnik had been deputed by Congress main Sonia Gandhi to handle situation, and that he showed up to have ceased it. Or not very, going by what’s happened today.
In the Goa assembly, the BJP has a majority of 25 in the home of 40 – 20 MLAs of their own, two from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, and three independents. This will now go up to 33. The Congress has three remaining, plus one from your Goa Forward Celebration. The Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) has two MLAs as well as the Revolutionary Goans Party has a single.