The Goa Congress Legislative Party on Wednesday passed a resolution to merge with the Bharatiya Janata Party, soon after BJP State Chairman Sadanand Shet Tanavade said eight Congress MPs would join the ruling party.
Opposition Leader Michael Lobo moved the resolution in the presence of seven other MPs. The resolution was backed by former chief minister and MP Digambar Kamat, sources said.
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Prior to this development, the Congress had 11 lawmakers in the 40-member Goa Assembly and the BJP had 20. After the resolution was passed, a picture of the eight MPs meeting with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant surfaced on the social networks.
In the photo, MPs Michael Lobo along with Digambar Kamat, Delilah Lobo, Rajesh Phaldesai, Kedar Naik, Sankalp Amonkar, Aleixo Sequeira and Rudolf Fernandes were seen interacting with the Chief Minister.
Welcomed and congratulated the 8 MPs who joined the BJP including former Chief Minister Shri @digambarkamatopposition leader Shri @MichaelLobo76 and other senior congressional leaders, in the presence of @BJP4Goa President Sri @ShetSadanand and other top BJP leaders. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/W7kpFyhJOV
— Dr. Pramod Sawant (@DrPramodPSawant) September 14, 2022
In a similar move in July 2019, 10 Congress MPs switched to the BJP.