bjp: Goa MLAs: Wouldn’t have left BJP if Parrikar was there | India News

PANAJI: Ahead of the Goa assembly polls, BJP suffered a setback on Monday with two of its MLAs, state minister Michael Lobo and legislator from Mayem, Pravin Zantye, resigning from the party as well as from their membership in the House. Both of them said they were sidelined in BJP and both swore by ex-Union minister late Manohar Parrikar, saying that they wouldn’t have quit the party if he was there.
Lobo, who was science and technology minister in the Pramod Sawant government, told TOI that he will take a decision on whether to join Congress or contest as an independent within the next two days. Zantye said he looked upon MGP “as a future where they will take care of the state and local people”. He is likely to join MGP on Tuesday.
Lobo said he quit as BJP doesn’t want karyakartas like him. “If they don’t want you, you yourself should move out and not wait for them to throw you out,” he said, adding that he would always be friends with Sawant.
BJP state chief Sadanand Shet Tanavade said they were expecting Lobo’s exit from the party for the last one year. “His exit will not make any difference to BJP.” Sawant said he tried to contact Lobo on Sunday after it was clear that he would quit BJP on Monday. Lobo denied Tanavade’s charge that he quit BJP because of denial of ticket to his wife from the Siolim seat. “ I was made to understand that I don’t have any place in the party.” He said the people of his constituency, Calangute, would respect his decision and give him a chance to serve them again.
Sources said that Lobo was supposed to be inducted into Congress on Monday evening itself, but that could not happen after the Congress block committees of Saligao, Siolim and Calangute wrote strong letters to the party high command against his induction into the party. Some of the state leaders have been strongly opposing Lobo’s entry into the Congress ever since news of his inevitable exit from the BJP did the rounds a few days ago.
Lobo is the third MLA from the Christian community to resign as MLA. With the twin exits of Lobo and Zantye, BJP’s strength in the 40-member Goa legislative assembly has now dropped to 23.

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