PANAJI: The Congress in Goa on Wednesday discussed various options, including filing a disqualification petition in the high court, to take stringent action against the ten MLAs who had defected to the ruling BJP earlier this month, a party leader said.
The state Congress unit has also resolved to shut the door on the rebel legislators, including former Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, during a meeting.
After the cross-over, the Congress is now left with only five MLAs in the 40-member House.
"The meeting also decided to take a stringent possible action against the MLAs. It was resolved that they should not be taken back into the party in future," said Trajano D'Mello, In-charge of Goa Congress' communication cell.
He said all options are being explored including filing a disqualification petition in the high court against the MLAs.
He said some office-bearers of the state party unit have threatened to resign en-masse if the MLAs are taken back in future.
D'Mello further said that the issue of aligning with the like-minded parties was also discussed during the meeting.
"However, the office-bearers are of the view that such action should be permitted only on the floor of the House, to fight as united opposition," he added.