Four Congress MLAs want to leave party, claims BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed that four members of the nine-MLA Congress are in touch with the ruling party, but, were not admitted as they were not required in the number game.
Addressing mediapersons late Thursday evening, North Goa district president and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo and South Goa district president, Sanguem MLA Subhash Phaldesai, took strong objection to the statement made by Congress' St Cruz MLA Atanasio 'Babush' Monserrate on Wednesday after the fiasco over the election of mayor and deputy mayor of the CCP.
Monserrate had reportedly said that the chief minister was behaving in a highly dictatorial manner and that he (Monserrate) should not be blamed if BJP's strength is reduced from 21 to 15. Registering a strong protest over the statement, both Lobo and Phaldesai said that the people of Goa have given a clear mandate of 21 to the BJP to rule for five years and that no MLA of the BJP would resign and join any other group leave alone the Congress. [TOI]
Phaldesai said that Congress has not learnt a lesson it was taught by the people of Goa a year ago as the party was decimated by the voters for its corrupt and anti-people rule. He said instead, the Congress is a divided house and its strength can be reduced to five MLAs.