Congress MLAs from Goa formally join BJP, other allies jittery

Congress increasing BJP’s membership: Kerala CM’s jibe at party’s political crisis

The 10 MLAs had crossed over to the BJP on Wednesday.

With its numbers in the 40-member assembly swelling to 27, the BJP is no longer dependent on its allies, including Goa Forward party and Independents.

Commenting on the exodus in the Congress, its MLA and former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat told IANS on Thursday, "If the Opposition leader himself quits the party and joins the BJP, what can I say?"

The Congress, which emerged as the single-largest party after the 2017 Assembly polls in the coastal state, is now reduced to five legislators.

The lawmakers who broke away are Babu Kavalekar, Babush Monserratte, his wife Jennifer Monserrate, Tony Fernandes, Francis Silveira, Filipe Neri Rodrigues, Clafasio, Wilfred De Sa, Nilkant Halankar and Isidore Fernandes.

The unrest in the Congress was fuelled after the debacle in the Lok Sabha elections in which the party managed to get only 52 seats in the 545-member House.

The rebel MLAs of the Congress-JD (S) coalition have returned to the Renaissance Hotel in suburban Powai, where they would be staying for another two days.

Sawant will have to drop current ministers, many of whom are BJP allies whose support was crucial to his government's survival, to accommodate the defectors from the Congress.

"Some people came together to form this government". He knew how the government was formed.

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Yeddyurappa and other BJP leaders also petitioned the governor in this connection.

Amid the ongoing political turmoil in Karnataka, the Congress and the BJP have made a decision to move their legislators to different hotels in the city after the Assembly proceedings on Friday.

The ten lawmakers will be introduced to Amit Shah and JP Nadda, who is the BJP's working president.

Ramachandran also added that the Congress did not want the chief minister's solution for the party.

"The final decision will be taken by Amit Shah, after discussing the issue with the Chief Minister and the state BJP president", a source said.

A Chellakumar, All India Congress Committee secretary and the opposition party's Goa in-charge, was sent to the coastal state to take stock of the situation after 10 of the party's MLA's chose to join BJP.

Since last month, the Congress saw its MLAs quitting in hordes in Telangana, Karnataka and Goa. "Most party workers are deeply hurt and we will fight out this wrong trend within the party", Arlekar told reporters.

"Just like little goats wagging their tongues when given fresh leaves and then following that bait, Congress leaders have gone".

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