Panaji, Mar 27 (GCCurrentAffairs) In a late night development, two of the three Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) MLAs merged into legislative unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday.
In a letter submitted to Goa Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo, the MLAs said,”We, Manohar Ajgaonkar and Deepak Pauskar, have agreed to merge to merge with the BJP. In view of sub-clause (2) of clause 4 of the 10th schedule, and in view of the fact that we constitute two third of the members of the legislative party, such merger shall to deemed to have taken place.”
With the merger of the MLAs, number of MLAs of Bharatiya Janata Party in the Legislative Assembly has gone up to 14.
On March 19, 2019, Mr Ajgaonkar along with MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar were sworn in as ministers while Deepak Pauskar is Chairman of Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC).
Of late tension had been brewing up between the two coalition partners as Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party President Deepak Dhavalikar was insisting on contesting Shiroda by-election in spite of the fact that BJP had announced Subhash Shirodkar its candidate.
BJP Goa unit President Vinay Tendulkar was present at the state assembly complex at Porvorim when the two MLAs submitted the letter to Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo in the presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant