Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, along with all the 10 Congress MLAs who split to merge their party’s two-third legislative wing into the Bharatiya Janata Party, will meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other senior BJP leaders in New Delhi on Thursday.
All ten rebel Congress MLAs left for Delhi late Wednesday evening. They were also accompanied by Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo and local party office bearers. Lobo told media persons at the state Secretariat in Porvorim before leaving for Delhi that it was the Chief Minister who took the lead to approach the Congress MLAs for the merger.
“It is for the party and the Chief Minister to take a call, along with the legislature party of the BJP, if anybody is to be dropped for inducting into the cabinet,” said Lobo responding to a question on whether he was expecting a cabinet berth.
When questioned about the fate of Goa Forward Party in the BJP-led coalition government, Lobo said, “I don’t know anything about GFP. The decision will be taken tomorrow by the party in Delhi. We have to keep in mind that this government still has to complete three more years.”