Taking a dig, Sawant said 'the Congress chhodo yatra' has begun from Goa and exuded confidence that the BJP will win another Lok Sabha seat in Goa in the next elections.
Addressing a press conference with state BJP chief Sadanant Shet Tanavade, CM Pramod Sawant said that BJP's strength in the 40-member Assembly has gone up to 28 with the eight new entrants.
Congress had removed Michael Lobo from the post of leader of opposition in the 40-member assembly, accusing him 'conspiring and hobnobbing' with the ruling BJP to engineer a split in the party.
The BJP, which attempted to poach more Congress legislators for a more complete Operation Lotus in Goa, appears to have stalled its plan.
The Congress leadership in the coastal state had alleged that its MLAs Michael Lobo and Digambar Kamat were trying to split the party in connivance with the ruling BJP.
GPCC president Amit Patkar informed that he has submitted a letter to the Assembly Speaker regarding the resolution of the CLP meeting to remove CLP leader Michael Lobo.
Goa Congress handed over a letter to the Goa Assembly Speaker stating that MLA Michael Lobo has been removed as the leader of the Congress Legislative Party.
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"The BJP wanted to repeat what they have done in Maharashtra through money and muscle power. We ensured on Sunday that the defection in our party stops," Patkar said.
Goa: Congress says five of its MLAs 'incommunicado'; sacks Michael Lobo as Leader of Opposition for 'conspiracy'
The development comes amid speculation that some Congress MLAs in the 40-member House may cross over to the BJP.
Former chief minister Digambar Kamat was hurriedly called to Delhi on Monday by the Congress leadership to finalise the name of the Leader of Opposition.
Congress in more mess? Three days over since Goa poll results, party yet to decide its legislature leader
According to sources, the Goa Congress unit has not held a single meeting after it failed to reach the majority mark of 21 in the 40-member Assembly.
It was alleged that the state ministers received bribes to the tune of $976,000 to grant contracts for the JICA-funded project in Goa.
The NCP legislator said that as far as wildlife is concerned, tigers are important but as far as human beings are concerned, cows are important.
Senior Goa Congress leader Digambar Kamat also requested Pramod Sawant-led government to take immediate steps to make roads potholes free and also provide other facilities.