August 19, 2022

Porvorim: Congress MLAs Michael Lobo and Sankalp Amonkar in the course of the first day of the Monsoon Session of the Goa Meeting, in Porvorim, Monday, July 11, 2022. | (PTI Photograph)

Panaji: The Congress on Monday filed petitions with the Goa Meeting Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar in search of disqualification of its MLAs Michael Lobo and Digambar Kamat.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Amit Patkar stated disqualification petitions have been filed in opposition to Lobo and Kamat, including that the Speaker had been knowledgeable in regards to the occasion’s resolution to take away Lobo as Chief of Opposition within the Meeting.

“Disqualification petitions have been filed in opposition to each the MLAs as they’ve voluntarily given up membership of the occasion. There’s a Supreme Courtroom judgment which states that any anti-party exercise quantities to giving up of the membership of the occasion.” Patkar claimed.

He stated the transfer by the BJP to separate the Congress Legislative Get together had failed because it couldn’t muster the required numbers of legislators wanted to take action with out attracting anti-defection legislation provisions.

“The BJP needed to repeat what they’ve achieved in Maharashtra by way of cash and muscle energy. We ensured on Sunday that the defection in our occasion stops,” Patkar stated.

The BJP is resorting to such ways because it doesn’t need any opposition within the states the place they’re ruling, Patkar alleged.

After going incommunicado, 5 Goa Cong MLAs attend Meeting session

5 Goa Congress MLAs, who went incommunicado a day earlier than, attended the state Meeting proceedings on the primary day of the monsoon session on Monday, and claimed there was “nothing unsuitable” within the opposition occasion.

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On Sunday, out of the overall 11 Congress MLAs within the state, 5 — Michael Lobo, Digambar Kamat, Kedar Naik, Rajesh Faldesai and Delialah Lobo — had gone incommunicado, a senior occasion chief earlier stated.

The Congress subsequently eliminated Lobo from the submit of Chief of Opposition within the 40-member state Meeting.

Congress’s Goa desk in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao had alleged that “Lobo and Kamat had been hatching a conspiracy by hobnobbing with the BJP to engineer a break up within the Congress.”

Lobo denies chance of strolling over to BJP

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Lobo claimed there was nothing unsuitable within the occasion.

“There may be nothing unsuitable. I do not know what’s the downside. All Congress MLAs had been collectively. We went to South Goa for a gathering on Sunday. They (Congress leaders) once more needed to have one other press convention which was not required, so we didn’t attend it,” stated Lobo, whose spouse Delialah can also be a Congress MLA.

“We now have received on Congress ticket and we’re with the Congress occasion. We’re with the Congress occasion so the query doesn’t come up of getting so many press conferences. I had informed them that I used to be not to proceed as LoP. There are such a lot of points raised in opposition to me,” he added.

(With ANI and PTI inputs)

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