Panaji: The ten rebel Congress MLAs joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi on Thursday.
The Congressmen were inducted into the BJP by working president of the BJP, J P Nadda, at the party’s headquarters in the national capital. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and state BJP president Vinay Tendulkar were present on the occasion.
Those who joined the BJP included Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar, Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate, Jennifer Monserrate, Isidore Fernandes, Filip Neri Rodrigues, Nilkanth Haldankar, Clafasio Dias, Antonio Fernandes, Wilfred D’Sa and Francisco Silveira. The group on Wednesday had handed over to Speaker Rajesh Patnekar a letter for merging the Congress legislature party with the BJP.
The group of former Congressmen also met BJP national president Amit Shah late Thursday evening. The Chief Minister held deliberations with Shah and other senior leaders of the party over the likely reconstitution of his cabinet.
Later, the Chief Minister said that reconstitution of his cabinet, if any would take place only after consultation with the state unit of his party. “We have not taken any decision on coalition partners till now. We will take the decision when we reach back in Goa,” he added.
Sawant stated that all the ten MLAs were welcomed by the working president
of the BJP, who wished them all the best. “Nadda ji has asked all the MLAs to work for the welfare of the state and wished them all the best,” he informed.
After the induction of the ten Congress legislators, BJP’s strength in the state legislative assembly has now increased to 27, which is six more than the required figure of 21 in the 40-member House.