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'Congress Chhodo, BJP Ko Jodo' Jolt To Rahul Gandhi: 8 Of 11 Goa MLAs Exit Congress And Join BJP

The Congress party in Goa will stand to lose its numbers as the eight-odd MLAs decided to switch their sides to the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party on Tuesday.

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Goa Congress members leave party

Amid the Bharat Jodo yatra of Rahul Gandhi and Congress, the state unit of the party in Goa has suffered a huge shocker. Eight Congress MLAs have joined the ruling BJP. The information was shared by Goa BJP chief Sadanand Shet Tanavade.

BJP stood at 20 MLAs and Congress had 11 of the total strength of 40 before this grand exit took place. At a time when Gandhi is making efforts to consolidate his mission towards weakening the BJP and the RSS, the Congress has seen the big upset in Goa. 

‘ANI’ said that the MLAs who have joined the BJP include: Digambar Kamat, Michael Lobo, Delilah Lobo, Rajesh Phaldesai, Kedar Naik, Sankalp Amonkar, Aleixo Sequeira and Rudolf Fernandes. ‘The Indian Express’ website has quoted Lobo as saying: “We have joined the BJP to strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant…’Congress chhodo, BJP jodo (Leave the Congress, join the BJP)’.

This is not the first attempt from the Congress MLAs. A DNA report states that in July this year, the Congress said that “Michael Lobo and Digambar Kamat — two of its towering leaders in Goa — tried to engineer defections of Congress MLAs to BJP.”

The Congress will stand to lose its numbers as the eight-odd MLAs decided to switch their sides to the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party. The party made news recently when senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad walked out of it.

Congress has seen a recent troubled past with several leaders, including the much talked about G23, expressing their disagreement, discomfort and anger over the internal state of affairs. Some top senior leaders have joined the BJP during the last two years. 

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