Goa Congress splits, 8 of 11 legislators join BJP
Panaji/New Delhi: Rattled by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s snapping ties with the Bharatiya Janata, failure to topple the Jharkhand government led by Hemant Soren and by the response by the Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, the ruling party wooed eight Congress legislators in Goa, sources said.
The party sources, however, said it was expected that the BJP would split the Congress in Goa where the BJP has a thin majority.
The Congress 11 legislators in Goa and eight of them broke away to join the BJP. The Senior Congress leaders have hit back saying that the BJP has launched “Operation Kichad” in Goa and that it was a shameful exercise of power and money. The party said that “Operation Kichad” has been fast tracked because of the visible success of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, which has rattled the BJP.
In a tweet, senior leader of the Congress Jairam Ramesh said, “A daily dose of diversion and disinformation is handed to undermine the Yatra. We remain undeterred. We will overcome the dirty tricks of the BJP.”
Meanwhile, Dinesh Gundu Rao, in charge of the All-India Congress Committee in Goa said, “Destruction of democratic principles is on full display in Goga. Offering huge monies, ministries and inducements the BJP is trying to uproot the opposition. Shameful exercise of power and money by an authoritarian establishment.”
According to reports, eight Congress members of Goa House have joined the BJP on Wednesday, said Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.