Sopte quits BJP, joins Cong with Patanekar

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 30 September 2011 22:50 IST

Following Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patanekar, Pernem MLA Dayanand Sopte also today quit the Bharatiya Janata Party.

With these two resignations, the BJP has now reduced to 12 in the House that has also reduced to 38.

Both of them also joined the ruling Congress party today evening.

However, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Subhash Shirodkar once again clarified that none of them have been promised party tickets in the forthcoming Assembly election.

Sopte, after submitting his resignation as MLA to the speaker, had told the media that he has quit the party only after getting firm assurance about Congress ticket from Mandrem.

However, he retracted on it after joining the Congress at the Congress House.

“Obviously the final approval of ticket would come later”, he said.

As health minister Vishwajeet Rane has taken initiative in getting both the BJP MLAs into the Congress, the move is being opposed by a camp within the Congress, reportedly led by chief minister Digambar Kamat.

Kamat was also not present in the Congress House when two BJP MLAs joined the ruling party.

It is learnt that a meeting held at CM’s Altinho bungalow yesterday evening in the presence of Congress high command observer Jasmeet Singh Brar decided not to assure them tickets.

Besides CM Kamat and Brar, the meeting was attended by GPCC chief Shirodkar, health minister Vishwajeet, education minister Babush Monseratte and Patanekar.

Babush reportedly even threatened to quit the party if BJP MLAs are poached in this manner, without party’s approval.

Sopte, after resigning as the MLA, broke into tears, stating he was feeling bad for betraying the party which made him the legislator for the first time.

“I got annoyed since the BJP leadership decided about the Mandrem ticket without taking workers at grassroot level into confidence.”

With delimitation of Assembly segments, Pernem taluka has now reduced to only two constituencies.

Most of the area of Pernem has been merged into Dhargal constituency, making it one Pernem Assembly constituency, reserved for scheduled caste.

Earlier, Dhargal was the reserved constituency.            

However, some part of Pernem has been merged into Mandrem constituency, presently represented by BJP local president Laxmikant Parsekar for the second consecutive term.

Sopte is now planning to cross swords in Mandrem as the Congress candidate against Parsekar.

Within Congress, Ramakant Khalap and Babi Bagkar are already in the race for the candidature from Mandrem.

On the other hand, the Nationalist Congress Party is also trying for the seat, promoting former legislator Sangeeta Parab. 

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Those who change parties like changing shirts--need to be taught good lesson. The greed for money, power, could be the main motive behind overnight change in ideologies.

It is time the voters should realize the betrayal and breach of trust and never vote for such people who change parties just for personal greed and lure for power.

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 02 nd October 2011 11:30


what is going price of a mla in goa ?

- cruz rego, goa/bahrein. | 01 st October 2011 08:29


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