10 Goa MLAs split from Congres to merge with BJP

Panaji, Jul 10 (IANS): Ten Congress MLAs out of 15 have split from the Congress and are going to merge with the BJP later tonight, Congress MLA Isidore Fernandes told reporters on Wednesday.

"10 Congress MLAs are splitting from the Congress and joining the BJP tonight," Fernandes said. Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar is the leader of the group which has split from the Congress, Fernandes said.

"We are going to meet the Speaker now. Once we step out, we would formally announce what has happened," said Deputy Speaker of the state assembly Michael Lobo, who led the group of rebel Congress MLAs to Speaker Rajesh Patnekar's office in the assembly premises.

 Isidore Fernandes 

The 10 Congress MLAs who are part of the rebel group are Chandrakant Kavlekar, Isidore Fernandes, Francis Silveira, Filipe Neri Rodrigues, Jennifer and Atanasio Monserrate, Antonio Fernandes, Nilakanth Halarnkar, Clafacio Dias and Wilfred D'Sa.

The development brings down the legislative strength of the Congress to a paltry five MLAs. It includes Digambar Kamat, Luzinho Faleiro, Ravi Naik, Pratapsingh Rane, all of whom have served as Chief MInister and MLA Aliexo Reginaldo.



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  • SmR, Karkala

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    For 2019 Lok Sabha elections government has spent Rs.60,000 crores. If the 'Operation Kamala' is the democracy and Election commission of India is Puppet of the ruling party do India need elections?

    Any elected candidate crossing over from the parent party which he contested is against the voters' mandate. The Goa assemly resembles now what Arunachal Pradesh defection of the Congress and later forming a new party which then became ruling BJP without a ballot.

    The opposition should file PIL in the Supreme Court and end to this defection regardless of any parties. If buying elected MLA's is a democracy for the BJP, then there is no point of spending taxpayers money in elections otherwise it can be used for the welfare of the Indian citizens.

    Today what India needs is urgent hearing of 'People's Amendment Act, 1952 to be amended to stop this defection using strong 'Anti- Defection law'.

    I am glad that BJP now became 'Congress' instead of 'Congress Mukth Bharath' ending Rashtriya swayamsevak Sangh hold.

    But BJP instead of 'One nation, one election', now trying its best 'One nation, one party', in desperate to increase its tally in the Rajya Sabha to pass all the controversial bills into law.

    Jai Hind

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Congress Party is Kangal ! Leaders are helpless.
    Looks like given some more time total collapse inevitable.

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  • Francis Lobo, MANGALORE

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    RIP Parrikar & BJP. Person like Monserate who recently defeated BJP candidate in the Parrikar constituency is also member of the group. Recently he was fighting against casinos & now he will support casinos. What a transformation. Parrikars son already raised his voice. But he will be silenced as Parrikar is dead & gone

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Soon BJP will be filled with congressmen! Instead of wiping out Congress , BJP is changing to Congress!

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Election are not required when the elected members merge with their opponent while contesting,

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  • Kiran Dsouza, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Reality of Congress Mukht Bharat, Congressmen themselves are making this dream come true.

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  • GD, Udupi

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Next time no elections, rule for ever and ever. Shows the greed for money and power.

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  • AD, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    BJP is becoming a party filled with congressmen

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Rs. 40 Crores is the Culprit ...

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Certainly !!! Good opportunity to make easy money, become a neta and join their band wagon !!!!

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Actually now its only a matter of time before Jossey too crosses over to BJP! LOL!!

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  • Abdul Aleem Faroqui, UAE

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    These greedy MLA’s are hurting the sentiments of the people who voted them. Good for the future and hopefully people will reply them in the next term.

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  • Rkr, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Congress tearing apart is good for a long run!!
    Start from trash

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / Seattle

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Start from trash to compost.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / Seattle
    Is that your Specialty ...

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    This is because democracy is lost its value. It's worked for one generation.The great sacrifice of the great leaders have no relvence. Politics is a gambling now. There is no ethics or value.itis shame to the voters. A strong opposition is required for success of democracy.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Everyone is deserting Cong.... This is good for India....

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Poaching is very bad to Indian constitution and democracy
    After all public tax payers money.

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  • Rahul, Jeppu

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    El En Tea, you guys will never learn . There is a big leadership issue plaguing the Congress and the party looks directionless with not being able to appoint a President for more than a month now. Resignations are flying within the Congress and factional war between the veteran Congress leaders and the young Congress leaders is out in the open be it the open squabble between Sachin Pilot and Gehlot in Rajasthan or Scindia vrs Kamal Nath in MP, Milind Deora vrs Sanjay Nirupam in Mumbai, Siddharamaiah vrs Parameshwara in Karnataka. The effects of this is being seen everywhere.This is not poaching.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    First learn to feild mlas who cant be poached.....why blame others when the problem is your own mlas?

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  • Mehita, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    In a democracy opposition plays a very constructive role. In the absence of a strong opposition , the ruling party becomes a tyrant, which is a threat to the Constitution and fundamental rights. If there is no one to check the government what can be the fate of our Democracy, since press is already gagged and all the vital pillars of govt machinery are anyway the puppets of the ruling party. The present scenario is the outcome of selfish and people with criminal background entering into politics. AAP tried its best, but is a lone fighter in front of a colossus. If our representatives have to change the party after winning the election, why do we need an election at all? Hope something best comes out of all this mess that would do good to the Nation.

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