Eight Congress MLAs, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) early last week in Goa, will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Monday. A senior party leader said on Sunday that the MLAs, led by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and BJP state unit president Sadanand Tavanade, will meet the Prime Minister on Monday morning.
He said that six MLAs would leave for Delhi by plane tonight, while MLAs Michael Lobo and Digambar Kamat would reach the national capital later. Both of them are out of state now. Earlier on Wednesday, MLAs Digambar Kamat, Michael Lobo, Delilah Lobo, Rajesh Faldesai, Kedar Naik, Sankalp Amonkar, Alexio Sequeira and Rudolph Fernandes joined the BJP after passing a resolution in the Congress Legislature Party meeting.
Congress now has only three MLAs
According to BJP sources, the group is also likely to meet party president JP Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah during their Delhi visit. The BJP had returned to power in the state after the Goa assembly elections held this year. It had 20 MLAs in the forty-member Goa Assembly, while the strength of the Congress has come down from 11 to three after the recent defection.
Congress’s serious allegation on changing the defection of MLAs
Serious allegations have been leveled by the Congress after the MLAs changed their party. The Congress on Thursday accused the ruling party in the state of offering Rs 40-50 crore each to them to woo MLAs. The BJP, however, rubbished the allegations, saying that eight Congress MLAs joined the ruling party not for monetary gains but influenced by the BJP’s development agenda.
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