Sources say just two months after Congress blocked the defection attempt, eight of its 11 MLAs led by top leaders Digambar Kamat and Michael Lobo will join the ruling BJP later in the day. now. They met Speaker Vidhan Sabha, alongside Minister Pramod Sawant. If the eight MLAs split into one group – that is, two-thirds of the party’s power – they can avoid disqualification under anti-destroy laws.
This morning, the MLA meeting with Speakers sparked speculations because the meeting was not in session. Sadanand state BJP head Shet Tanavade later told PTI news agency that they would join the party.
Digambar Kamat and Michael Lobo were at the center of switch speculation in July, and Congress even asked speakers to remove them under anti-defection laws.
Mr Kamat, a former minister, said he was “shocked and stunned” by the accusations of leading a department. Even Michael Lobo, whom Congress removed as Leader of the Opposition, has stated that “there is not any division”. Mr. Lobo switched from the BJP to Congress just before the election earlier this year.
The congress was held in a similar fashion in 2019, when two-thirds of its rallying power – 10 out of 15 MLAs – defected to the BJP, which is why the party this year arrested candidates his oath of allegiance.
The latest defection isn’t entirely unexpected, though, though in July Congress managed to withhold at least seven of its MLAs with it. There were no final moves by four other people, including – other than Mr Lobo and Mr Kamat – Kedar Naik and Delilah Lobo, Mr. Lobo’s wife.
Senior leader Mukul Wasnik has been appointed by Parliament Speaker Sonia Gandhi to handle the crisis, and he seems to have prevented it.
Or not quite, according to the development of today.
The latest reports of defections come as Parliament is holding Bharat Jodo Yatra (Unite India March), led by Rahul Gandhi, while the BJP is saying: “Unite your party first.”