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Goa Congress Rebels "Came To Us For Development": BJP Rejects Allegations

13 July 2019

Sawant also said that the Congress MLAs had themselves expressed willingness to join the BJP.

The Congress in Goa is now left with only five lawmakers in the 40-member state assembly, facing a near-similar fate of its counterpart in Karnataka.

Kerala Chief Minister took a dig at this unique political crisis which the grand old party was facing in the states and said that Congress was increasing BJP's membership.

The Congress, which emerged as the single-largest party after the 2017 Assembly polls in the coastal state, is now reduced to five legislators.

Those who joined the BJP included Chandrakant "Babu" Kavlekar, Atanasio "Babush" Monserrate, Jennifer Monserrate, Isidore Fernandes, Filip Neri Rodrigues, Nilkanth Haldankar, Clafasio Dias, Antonio Fernandes, Wilfred D'Sa and Francisco Silveira.

Breather for Congress-JD (S) ruling combine as the Supreme Court said that it needed to be examined if Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar required time to decide on disqualification of the MLAs.

The unrest in the Congress was fuelled after the debacle in the Lok Sabha elections in which the party managed to get only 52 seats in the 545-member House. The biggest setback came in Karnataka, where the party is on the verge of losing its government.

The party had formed government in a post-poll alliance with 37-member JD (S) in May previous year after the Assembly polls threw up a hung House.

But the BJP outsmarted the Congress by cobbling together a coalition quickly.

The ten lawmakers will be introduced to Amit Shah and JP Nadda, who is the BJP's working president. "Till today we have withstood all their assaults, this time the situation is more serious than previous attempts we concede that but after considering all pros and cons, the chief minister, the deputy chief minister and the ministers have resolved to face it bravely and withstand it unitedly", he added.

The Speaker has sought vacation of the ex-parte order passed on Thursday morning, asking him to take a decision on the resignation of the 10 MLAs during the course of the day i.e. 11 July.

Over the last two years, 15 MLAs, including 13 of the Congress, have joined the BJP. Congress leaders have flayed the BJP for poaching these MLAs to crush the existing governments. "Most party workers are deeply hurt and we will fight out this wrong trend within the party", Arlekar told reporters.

Veteran party leader Karan Singh, however, went public recently, saying he was "aghast to see the confusion and disorientation" in which the Congress has fallen since Rahul Gandhi resigned on May 25.

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