Goa: Day after skipping get together assembly, ‘rebel’ leaders say they’re with Congress

A day after the Congress management accused two of its leaders, Digambar Kamat and Michael Lobo, of conspiring in collusion with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to weaken the Congress because the principal Opposition get together, each the leaders stated they had been nonetheless with the Congress however had been deeply harm by the ‘allegations’ in opposition to them.

“I have seen the video of the press conference of (All India Congress Committee desk in-charge of Goa) Dinesh Gundu Rao which was circulated. I am shocked, stunned and it has hurt me beyond words,” former Goa chief minister and the get together’s senior-most legislator within the state, Digambar Kamat, stated.

Kamat, who did not be current on the Congress headquarters within the state capital, Panaji, on Sunday, stated he was residing life as “retired hurt” after the Congress “humiliated” him by failing to make him the chief of Opposition regardless of having led the get together in the course of the polls.

“In cricket there is a term ‘retired hurt’. My workers were humiliated and in that I am also hurt. I had told him (Gundu Rao) that for the time being I am not accepting any responsibility and when I am fit, then we shall see,” Kamat advised reporters outdoors the Goa Legislative Assembly the place he got here to attend the primary day of the monsoon session.

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“I told him that there has been speculation about me for the last two years. During the last two elections, there was speculation that Digambar is going. If I wanted to go, I would have gone before the elections,” he added.

Similarly, Michael Lobo stated he wasn’t current on the Congress headquarters on Saturday night as a result of the Congress was holding too many conferences and press conferences.

He claimed he went to the chief minister’s official residence to debate compensation for these affected by the inclement climate.

“We won on the Congress ticket and we are with the Congress party. The question does not arise of having so many press conferences and so many CLP (Congress Legislature Party) meetings. Allegations are made. Yesterday because we were not there for the press conference, does it necessitate allegations? We were there yesterday (afternoon) and the day before. We are strongly with the Congress,” Lobo stated.

On the get together’s resolution to drop him as chief of Opposition, Lobo stated that it was his personal request that he be relieved of the duty.


“I told Dinesh Gundu Rao that I am not interested in continuing as leader of Opposition because there are various issues raised on me by the ruling side. It will be very difficult and embarrassing for others. I said senior leader Digambar Kamat is there or you can give it to someone else,” Lobo stated.

On Sunday, after a day of hectic political exercise, the Congress was capable of present solely 5 MLAs on the headquarters whereas Lobo and a gaggle of three different Congress MLAs had been seen coming into the chief minister’s official residence and weren’t in contact with the Congress management.

“There was a conspiracy that was hatched by the BJP in collusion with two of our leaders to ensure that the Congress which is the principal opposition party is weakened and to engineer splits and defections within the Congress,” AICC desk in cost Dinesh Gundu Rao stated late on Sunday night including that the conspiracy was led by Digambar Kamat, who he stated went in direction of the BJP for energy and place whereas Lobo he stated was doing so ‘to save his own skin’ due to the various circumstances he was going through.

“We will be taking action against the two. Lobo is removed as Leader of Opposition with immediate effect and we will be acting against other MLAs as per law,” Gundu Rao added.

Lobo, who give up the BJP and joined the Congress forward of the elections held earlier this 12 months, was stated to be in contact with the BJP management in an effort to convey at the very least eight MLAs to merge with the BJP. However as six Congress MLAs refused to come back alongside, the plan appeared to fizzle out.

It emerged on Sunday that there have been two camps throughout the Congress– a gaggle of 5 MLAs who had been stated to be keen to hitch the BJP and one other six MLAs who staunchly opposed the transfer.

In the 40-member meeting, the ruling BJP has 20 seats, one in need of the bulk. The get together enjoys the help of three independents and two members of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party.

Goa has a historical past of defections, making a report for having 13 chief ministers in 12 years between 1989 and 2000.

During the earlier time period of the Legislative Assembly, 10 MLAs merged with the BJP whereas 27 MLAs jumped ship from the get together on whose ticket they had been elected.

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