Those who left the BJP and joined other parties are eyeing the post of Goa chief minister, says Tanavede.

Last update: August 04, 2022, 13:17 IST

The BJP won 20 seats and with the help of the Maharashtra Valley Gomantak Party (MGP) and independent candidates, we formed a stable government, he said (File Photo/Reuters).

Speaking to reporters in Mapusa town on Wednesday, Tanavede said that some BJP leaders left the party before the assembly elections thinking that the Congress would win the elections.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Goa unit president Sadananda Tanavede has said that those who left the party to join other political organizations to become chief minister earlier this year ahead of the state assembly elections are now regretting it. have been.

Speaking to reporters in Mapusa town on Wednesday, Tanavede said that some BJP leaders left the party before the assembly elections thinking that the Congress would win the elections. He wrongly thought that BJP will not be able to form the government after the election. “We tried to convince them to stay back, but they thought the Congress would form the government and joined the party,” Tanavde said.

But Congress could not win. BJP won 20 seats and with the help of Maharashtra Valley Gomantak Party (MGP) and independent candidates we formed a stable government. So those who left us then are now regretting it.” Senior BJP leaders Michael Lobo and Carlos Almeida were among the leaders who defected to the Congress ahead of the assembly elections. Lobo was angry with the BJP when it refused to field his wife Delah from the Sewalm assembly constituency. The Lobo couples are elected on Congress tickets from their respective constituencies. The 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly currently has 20 members from the BJP, 11 from the Congress, two from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), two from the MGP, three from the Azad and the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and the Revolutionary Goan Party (R). GP) is one by one. Asked whether such leaders would be re-inducted into the party, Tanavde said the decision was entirely up to the top leadership.

“We are not a regional organisation. The party high command is in Delhi, which will take a decision on any request in this regard. Tanavde’s statement comes in the backdrop of a split in the Congress party with five MLAs reportedly A group of people have planned to join the BJP.

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