Panaji, Goa: The opposition Congress in Goa on Sunday said that five of its 11 MLAs in the state are “unreachable” and have accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of two of its MLAs Michael Lobo and former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat. ) of hatching a “conspiracy” against the party.
Congress has removed Lobo from the post of Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Goa Legislative Assembly. Making this announcement on the eve of the state assembly session, Congress’ Goa desk in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao said that apart from Lobo and Kamat, three other party MLAs were “unreachable”.
It has come to the fore that some Congress MLAs may join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 40-member house.
Rao said, “LoP Michael Lobo and former chief minister Digambar Kamat were conspiring with the BJP to ensure defection in the Congress in Goa. The party has decided to remove Lobo from the post of Leader of Opposition.”
He said that the party will take action against both Lobo and Kamat. Congress currently has 11 MLAs in Goa. Rao said five party MLAs – Lobo, Kamat, Kedar Naik, Rajesh Faldesai and Deliala Lobo – could not be contacted, while five others – Elton D’Costa, Sankalp Amonkar, Yuri Alemao, Carlos Alvares Ferreira, Rudolph Fernandes was present at the press conference.
“The sixth MLA, Alexo Sequeira, is in touch with party leaders and is with the Congress,” he said. The ruling BJP currently has 20 MLAs and has the support of five others. In the last assembly elections held in February this year, the Congress had won 11 seats.
This development in Goa comes at a time when the recent Maha Vikas Aghadi government in neighboring Maharashtra, led by Eknath Shinde, collapsed after some MLAs of the ruling Shiv Sena rebelled.