Last Update: 12 July 2022 at 3:06 pm IST
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said the BJP has nothing to do with the “revolt” in the state Congress legislature party. On Sunday, five of the total 11 Congress MLAs in Goa went incommunicado, fueling speculation of a split in the party.
But, he attended the monsoon session of the state assembly that began on Monday and claimed that there was nothing wrong with the opposition party. Ten Congress MLAs also attended a meeting chaired by senior party leader Mukul Wasnik in Panaji on Monday night. On Tuesday, some journalists outside the assembly complex asked Sawant, the Chief Minister and senior BJP leader, about the developments in the state Congress.
Before leaving without answering any further questions, Sawant said that I want to reiterate that the BJP has nothing to do with the rebellion in the Congress Legislature Party. After five Congress MLAs – Michael Lobo, Digambar Kamat, Kedar Naik, Rajesh Faldesai and Deliala Lobo – went incommunicado on Sunday, Congress President Sonia Gandhi asked Wasnik to go to Goa.
The Congress had accused Lobo and former chief minister Kamat of “conspiracy and collusion” with the ruling BJP to split the legislative wing of the old party. The party also removed Lobo from the post of Leader of the Opposition in the 40-member state assembly.
Goa Congress, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Goa Chief Minister, Congress Legislature Party, Mukul Wasnik