- Sonia Gandhi took action on Digambar Kamat
- Removed as permanently invited by CWC
- Action taken against the unrest in the Goa unit
Goa news: Congress President Sonia Gandhi took strong steps and on Sunday removed former Goa Prime Minister Digambar Kamat as a permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee (CWC) with immediate effect. The action comes days after Kamat’s alleged role in the latest unrest in the Goa unit in Congress. In Goa, the party has postponed a break in the unit so far.
Kamat accused of collaborating with BJP
Sources said Kamat is alleged to have played an active role in the unrest in the party with the BJP, after which some congressmen did not attend the party meetings. The High Command of the Congress had previously removed Michael Lobo as leader of the Congress Legislature Party of Goa’s Legislative Assembly. “The President of the Congress has removed Digambar Kamat from his current position as Permanently Invited to the Working Committee of the Congress with immediate effect,” reads a letter issued by the party.
Congress removes Michael Lobo from office
It is noteworthy that a week ago, Congress removed Michael Lobo from the post of Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in the Goa Legislative Assembly. Congress had accused Lobo and former Prime Minister Digambar Kamat of conspiring with the BJP against the party. With this announcement one night before the State Assembly session, the Goa Desk of Congress, Dinesh Gundu Rao, in charge, said that apart from Lobo and Kamat, three other party members were “inaccessible”.
The development comes amid speculation that some 40-member MPs may join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Rao said: “LoP Michael Lobo and former Prime Minister Digambar Kamat conspired with the BJP to secure the resignation of the Goa Congress. The party has decided to remove Lobo from the post of opposition leader.” He said the party would take action against both Lobo and Kamat.Congress currently has 11 MLAs in Goa.