- Congress caught up in political crisis in Goa
- Michael Lobo removed from office as opposition leader
- conspired against the party in a collaboration with the BJP
Goa policy: Goa Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao unveiled a big revelation on Sunday, saying some of our leaders are committed to breaking the party and urging some more MLAs along with them to jump off. He said Congress’s Goa unit leader Michael Lobo and former chief minister Digambar Kamat conspired against the party in consultation with the BJP. After this, Congress took immediate action and removed Michael Lobo from the post of opposition leader, and Digambar Kamat was also expelled from the party. There is speculation that 6 to 10 members of Congress may join the BJP. The congressman told me there are 5 MLAs with him now.
Congress convened an emergency meeting
By learning from Maharashtra politics, Congress had convened an emergency meeting for all MLAs at 6 p.m. 19.00 at the party’s headquarters at. 19.00. Only 3 people attended the meeting Dinesh Rao, Girish Chodankar and Amit Patkar. Only these three people held the meeting. Apart from this, other members of Congress Digambar Kamat, Michael Lobo, Alexio Sequeira, Kedar Naik, Rajesh Faldesai, Carlos Alvares, Yuri Alamo, Elton Dacosta, Delilah Lobo did not attend the meeting.
Congress has 11 MLAs in Goa
At present, Congress has 11 MLAs in Goa’s Legislative Assembly. If it happens that 10 MLAs from Congress join the BJP, Congress will only be left with 1 MLA in the Assembly. Former Prime Ministers Digambar Kamat and Michael Lobo have been seen defying Congress with several MLAs supporting them. But both leaders tell this as mere rumors.
40 crores offered for 3 MLAs
Former Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar accused the BJP of offering to buy 3 congressmen for 40 crores. This offer has been given by industrialists and coal mafia who supported BJP. Chodankar claimed that the MLAs were pressured to jump off.
Congressmen had a meeting at the hotel
According to sources, 7 members of Congress had a meeting at a hotel on Sunday morning. Former Prime Minister Digambar Kamat was not present at this meeting. Michael Lobo had told that Kamat had gone out to a religious meeting. At the same time, Michael Lobo also said it was just a courtesy meeting. I do not want to leave Congress. Rumors are spreading that I will break 10 of my MLAs and join the BJP. I say myself that 5 BJP MLAs are in touch with me.
The BJP described this claim as unfounded
Goa BJP President Sadanand Tanawade said this claim by Congress is absolutely wrong. There is no MLA from Congress in contact with the BJP and no money has been offered to any MLA on our part. This is the sole task of Congress. This confusion spread in Congress has nothing to do with the BJP, nor is there any stir in our party with regard to this news.