Goa Congress could soon be following the Karnataka route, with 10 of its MLAs joining the BJP. Following the merger, BJP’s Goa Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant stated that it is upon the central leadership to take any decision regarding any changes in the Goa cabinet.
As he left for Delhi, along with the 10 newly-inducted MLAs, Sawant replied to a question about the prospects of dropping any minister from its coalition partners to accommodate the newly joined MLAs.
He said, “no decision has been taken yet. The central leadership will take the decision regarding this.” He further reiterated that the merger was completely unconditional.
“Ten MLAs along with their opposition leaders have merged into BJP. BJP’s strength which was 17 has become 27 now. They have come for the development of the state and their constituency. They have not put any conditions. It is an unconditional merger”, Goa CM said.
The MLAs along with CM Sawant will meet Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah.
On Wednesday, the ten MLAs from Congress in Goa severed all ties with their party to join rival camp, BJP. The group of Congress leaders led by Kavlekar met Speaker Patnekar to hand in the letters informing him about their decision.
Other MLAs include, Atanasio Monserratte, Jeniffer Monserratte, Francis Silveira, Philip Nery Rodrigues, Cleaofacio Dias, Wilfred D’Sa, Nilkant Halarnkar and Isidor Fernandes.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant was also present when the entire group of legislators arrived at the assembly complex. Deputy Speaker of Legislative Assembly Michael Lobo was also present with them.
With ten MLAs changing camps, the strength of Congress on the floor of the House is now reduced to five.