Goa CM Pramod Sawant, 8 MLAs who switched to BJP to fulfill PM Modi in Delhi

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday mentioned he can be touring to Delhi with the eight newly inducted MLAs, who defected to the BJP from the Congress. Sawant and the MLAs are scheduled to fulfill Prime Minister Narendra Modi within the nationwide Capital.

The chief minister, who attended an annual assembly of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Sunday, mentioned, “A gathering with the PM has been fastened. I’ll go together with the eight MLAs and the (Goa BJP) president,” he instructed reporters.

Eight MLAs – together with former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat and former chief of Opposition Micheal Lobo – who had been elected to the Goa Legislative Meeting on Congress tickets, defected to the BJP on September 14, in a merger of the 2 legislature events. With this, the Congress’s power declined from 11 to only three MLAs within the 40-member Meeting and that of the BJP elevated from 20 to twenty-eight.

In July 2019, two-thirds (then 10 out of 15) of the Congress MLAs had defected to the BJP in a similar way. Again then too, the defections occurred whereas Sawant helmed the federal government.

The current developments have dealt a blow to the Congress at a time when social gathering chief Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra is underway. Together with Kamat and Lobo, MLAs together with Lobo’s spouse Delilah, former minister Aleixo Sequeira, Sankalp Amonkar, Kedar Naik, Rajesh Phal Dessai and Rudolfo Fernandes had been welcomed into the saffron social gathering by Pramod Sawant and state BJP chief Sadanand Tanavade final week.

Sawant had mentioned, “Congress has began a Bharat Jodo Yatra however in Goa the Congress Chhodo Yatra has begun. I welcome the brand new MLAs in BJP wholeheartedly… Earlier than the election, we had resolved ‘Bavisaant Baavis plus (22 plus MLAs in 2022)’ and earlier than 2022 involves an finish, the BJP has 28 of its personal MLAs and the BJP’s basis in Goa has been strengthened. Within the Lok Sabha elections of 2024, we will certainly win each Parliamentary seats. With Congress Chhodo Yatra starting in Goa, varied Congress leaders from throughout the nation will come to the BJP within the curiosity of the nation and provides extra power to Modi-ji. And Modi-ji can be again because the Prime Minister in 2024 with over 400 (parliamentary) seats.”

After the Meeting election outcomes had been declared on March 10, the BJP had shaped the federal government with 20 of its personal MLAs and assist from two MLAs from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Celebration (MGP) and three Independents. With eight Congress MLAs switching to the treasury benches in a merger of the legislature events, the BJP now has 28 MLAs of its personal and assist from 5, elevating its tally to 33. The Opposition now consists of three Congress MLAs, two from the AAP and one every from the Goa Ahead Celebration and the Revolutionary Goans Celebration.

Stung first in 2019 with 10 of its 15 MLAs strolling over to the BJP, the Congress had averted a repeat of the incident in July and accused Kamat and Lobo of engineering the defection of its MLAs. The social gathering had additionally filed disqualification petitions towards the 2 leaders earlier than the Speaker of the Meeting. However the storm appeared to have blown over just for some time. With their respective journeys to Delhi, each Kamat and Lobo had made it obvious that their entry into the BJP was imminent.

Forward of the Meeting election in February, the Congress had for the primary time taken its election candidates to a temple, church and a dargah the place they, led by Kamat, took an oath that they might keep within the Congress if elected on a celebration ticket. Later, in addition they filed affidavits to this impact within the presence of Rahul Gandhi.

Requested if their oath earlier than Goa was insincere, Kamat mentioned: “I’m a believer in God. In regards to the oath which I’ve taken earlier than God, I’ve gone again to the temple and I’ve requested God and the Goddess that this (becoming a member of BJP) is in my thoughts. What ought to I do? We’ve a system of getting prasad. Then God mentioned, you go forward, don’t fear.”

AICC Goa desk in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao had alleged that the BJP had paid Rs 30 crore to Rs 40 crore to every of the MLAs who jumped ship. He mentioned that the BJP had spent Rs 240 crore for splitting the Congress in Goa.

Goa BJP president Sadanand Tanavade had then mentioned, “We didn’t go searching for any MLAs. They shaped their group and mentioned that they wish to be part of our social gathering. We’ve not given a single rupee to anybody or made any guarantees. They’ve come on their very own and so they have come unconditionally. The Congress solely needs to make such allegations towards us to divert folks’s consideration.”

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