New Delhi: Ahead of Assembly polls in Goa, a big blow came for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party where two-time Calangute MLA and Goa Minister Michael Lobo resigned from the party on Monday. Sources say Lobo is expected to join the Congress today.
BJP MLA Michael Lobo resigned from the Pramod Sawant-led ministry, ahead of the state polls scheduled next month.
Lobo, who represented the Calangute Assembly constituency, submitted his resignations to the chief minister’s office and the Goa Assembly’s Speaker.
Lobo has resigned from both the posts, he said. “I will see what steps are to be taken next. I have also resigned from the BJP, ” Lobo, who held charge of the state waste management department, told reporters.
“I’ve resigned both from the Goa cabinet and as MLA. In Goa BJP, I don’t see Manohar Parrikar’s legacy being taken forward, those party workers who supported him have been sidelined by BJP,” said Lobo explaining his reason for exiting BJP.
Asked whether he will join the Congress, Lobo said he is in talks with other political parties.
He claimed that people were unhappy with the ruling BJP in the coastal state.
“The voters told me that the BJP is no more a party of the common people,” he said, while claiming that the grass-root level workers were feeling ignored by the party.
“I’ve resigned as Goa minister; I hope people of Calangute constituency will respect my decision… I’m in talks with other political parties. I was upset with the way we’re looked at and party workers are unhappy,” he was quoted by ANI on Monday.
The Election Commission of India on Saturday announced that elections to all 40 Assembly constituencies in Goa would be held on February 14.
The BJP, Congress, Goa Forward Party (GFP), Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Trinamool Congress Party (TMC), and NCP are the main political parties in the fray.
The poll dates were announced by Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra at a press conference in Delhi on Sunday. With the announcement of poll dates, the model code of conduct has come into force.
(with inputs from ANI and PTI)