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Congress removed Michael Lobo from the position of opposition leader (LoP) in the Goa Legislative Assembly. The party also accused him and former chief minister Digambar Kamat of conspiring against the party in collusion with the BJP. Dinesh Gundu Rao, head of the Goa table in Congress, said that apart from Lobo and Kamat, three other party MPs could not be contacted. There is much speculation that some members of Congress may join the BJP in the 40-member house. At the same time, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has instructed Mukul Wasnik to go to Goa. Congress leader KC Venugopal gave this information via a tweet.
Five deputies cannot be contacted, including Lobo
Rao said he could not contact the five party deputies Lobo, Kamat, Kedar Naik, Rajesh Faldesai and Deliala Lobo. Five deputies plus Elton de Costa, Sankalp Amonkar, Yuri Alemao, Carlos Alvares Ferreira, Rudolf Fernandes are with us. Sixth MP Alexo Sequeira is in contact with party leaders and Congress.
Dinesh Gundu Rao, head of the AICC in Goa, said some of our leaders had conspired with the BJP to weaken the Congress party in Goa and attempt desertion. This conspiracy was led by our own two LOP leaders Michael Lobo and Digambar Kamat. Both people were working closely with the BJP. Digambar Kamat has many cases registered against him, so he did it to protect himself and Michael Lobo took that step for power and position. We will soon choose a new leader. Against this type of desertion will be acted, those that are suitable for the purposes of law and anti-party work. Let’s see how many people will stay or leave.
Dinesh Gundu Rao said the Congress party will not feel disappointed or weak. We will address this issue more aggressively. We will pass on this betrayal of two people for power and personal gain.
Announced the election announcement for the position of vice president
Earlier, the Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly, Ramesh Tavdkar, on Sunday canceled the announcement announcing the election for the post of Vice President. The vote was to be held on July 12 during the next session of the monsoon assembly. Legislative Secretary Namrata Ulman said the notification issued on July 8 under Rule 308 of the Rules of Procedure and Business Conduct in the Goa Legislative Assembly is being withdrawn.
The order said that the notice of nomination for the election of the Vice President issued under Article 9 (2) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the Goa Legislative Assembly was also withdrawn. All honorable members notice. No nominations will be accepted for previous elections. The two-week assembly session will begin on Monday. The withdrawal comes amid rumors that a group of members of Congress could join the BJP.
CM Pramod Sawant reacted
Congresswoman and Michael Lobo’s wife, Delilah Lobo, left the residence of Prime Minister and BJP leader Pramod Sawant. When asked if members of Congress had come to meet with him, Goa CM Pramod Sawant said many people come to see me as chief minister. Tomorrow is the assembly, people came to meet me. I am busy with my assembly work. Why comment on issues related to other parties? The ruling BJP currently has 20 MPs and has the support of another five. In the last assembly elections held in February this year, Congress had won 11 seats.
Digvijay Singh said the BJP’s secret views on democracy, the constitution and the tricolor in the country are now being exposed. Democracy is bought. What happened in Maharashtra is not new. From 2017 until today, elected democracy was bought on the basis of money and the government was formed. People were intimidated by showing fear of ED, IT and CBI. Crores were given. However, the BJP has not had much faith in democracy and the Constitution. They take an oath to lead the government impartially while they swear, but there is a partial bias all the way through. The law of desertion is being violated, most are bought. Excavators run without rules. If a person is a criminal, then in what law is it written that the whole family should be punished. The atmosphere of community harmony in the country is disturbed by hatred.
Goa office manager Dinesh Gundu reacted
Earlier, many senior leaders, including the head of the Goa office, Dinesh Gundu Rao, dismissed speculation that many members of Congress who came to power in Goa and joined the BJP had described it as a complete rumor. Congress leaders also said Saturday’s meeting with 11 party deputies at a Panaji hotel had nothing to do with the estimate. The meeting was held before the Assembly monsoon session that began on Monday.
Eight out of 11 deputies are new: Amit Patkar
On the other hand, the President of the State Congress, Amit Patkar, said that eight of our 11 deputies are new. A meeting (in the House) on land management was held today. Our senior MPs had talks with the new MPs, and I hope that from Monday you will see Congress raise public issues (in the House) against this government, which has failed.
I can confirm myself, I can’t say for anyone else: Alexo Sequeira
Congressman Alexo Sequeira said I was not called by the high command, I just came here for a courtesy meeting. On the rumor about the rupture of the deputies, he said that I can confirm myself, that I cannot ask anyone else.