Goa has created a unique record which no other states have achieved.
13 Jan 2022 07:19 PM
The story of party switching starts 10 Congress MLAs split from Congress and merged with BJP as 1/3 strength of the party. This was a major defection. Congress also lost its senior MLA Ravi Naik to BJP just before elections. Also two Salcete MLA Luizinho Faleiro and Alex Reginald Lourenco have joined TMC.
BJP too faced major jolts before the elections despite being single largest party. Former BJP Minister Michael Lobo joined Congress and BJP MLA from Vasco Carlos Almeida joined Congress. The Cortalim BJP MLA Alina Saldhana too has joined AAP.
Two MGP MLAs Manohar Babu Azgaonkar and Deepak Prabhu Pauskar defected from MGP and joined BJP. However, MGP managed to pick up BJP MLA Pravin Zantye from Mayem.
Looks like Independent MLAs from Goa too needed some shelter. All three independents joined a party before elections. BJP managed to get hold of two independent MLAs Rohan Khaunte and Govind Gaude. While, Independent MLA from Sanguem Prasad Gaonkar joined Congress.
The strength of Goa Forward came down to two MLAs after its Saligao MLA Jayesh Salgaonkar joined BJP.
Who said BJP was the only expert in playing split and merger tactics? NCP’s only MLA Churchill Alemao merged the legislative wing of the NCP into TMC and TMC got its first MLA before the election – Churchill Alemao.
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