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10 Goa MLAs split from Congress to merge with BJP

Ten Congress MLAs out of 15 have split from the Congress and are going to merge with the BJP later tonight, Congress MLA Isidore Fernandes told reporters on Wednesday.

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New Delhi Updated on: July 10, 2019 23:52 IST
Ten of 15 Congress members led by leader of opposition
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Ten of 15 Congress members led by leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar gives letter for merger of their faction in BJP to Speaker Rajesh Patnekar, in Panaji

Winds of political instability in neighbouring Karnataka reached Goa Wednesday, with two- thirds (10 out of 15) of 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 the 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.

BJP is the single largest party with 17, Goa Forward Parrty and Independents have three each, while one MLA each is from NCP and MGP.

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

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

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