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Congress merged with BJP, ceases to exist in Goa Meeting, insurgent MLAs tells Supreme Court docket


The MLAs had filed the affidavit within the Supreme Court docket on February 8. (Consultant picture)

The street to revival doesn’t look like simple for Congress in Goa. Days after its membership drive within the state hit a roadblock after social gathering leaders and functionaries gave the coordination committee conferences a miss, two insurgent MLAs instructed the Supreme Court docket that the social gathering has ceased to exist within the Goa Meeting.

Based on a report by The Indian Specific, two of the ten Goa Congress MLAs who crossed over to the BJP in July 2019 have filed an affidavit within the apex court docket claiming that State Pradesh Congress Committee chief Girish Chodankar holds no locus standi to file a petition towards them because the social gathering has ceased to exist within the state meeting. They claimed that the social gathering has merged with the BJP.

Chodankar had filed a petition earlier than the Goa Meeting Speaker in search of disqualification of the ten defectors. Clafasio Dias and Wilfred D’sa, two of the ten MLAs, have filed a counter-affidavit towards his petition. They claimed that since 10 out of 15 Congress MLAs joined the BJP taking the saffron social gathering’s majority to two-third, the remaining 5 MLAs at the moment are unbiased MLAs.

The MLAs had filed the affidavit within the Supreme Court docket on February 8. It acknowledged, “…the INC being merged with the BJP and the remaining 5 MLAs being unbiased MLA’s, the Petitioner has no locus standi to file the current petition in his capability as President of the social gathering and therefore, the petition is liable to be dismissed”.

The affidavit added, “The Speaker is barely involved with the legislative social gathering and never the political social gathering, which is comprised of elected members of the Legislative Meeting. A political social gathering is related solely to an extent of figuring out whole variety of elected members of that social gathering who represent legislative social gathering of the political social gathering within the Legislative Meeting.”

After the 2017 Meeting Elections in Goa, 10 MLAs of Congress had crossed over to the BJP on July 10, 2019. The state PCC chief Chodankar had filed the disqualification petition on August 8, 2019. The Speaker is predicted to resolve the disqualification petition on February 26 in accordance with the route of the apex court docket.

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