Goa Congress removes Michael Lobo as leader of Oppn in Assembly amid talks of defection


The Congress on Sunday removed Michael Lobo as the leader of Opposition in the Goa Assembly for conspiring to engineer a defection in the party.

AICC observer Dinesh Gundu Rao said a conspiracy was hatched and led by Lobo and former chief minister Digambar Kamat to weaken the party in the coastal state and engineer in the party.

“A conspiracy was hatched by some of our own leaders with the BJP to see that the Congress party in Goa is weakened and to engineer defections. This conspiracy was led by two of our own leaders LoP Michael Lobo and Digambar Kamat,” Rao was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

“Michael Lobo immediately removed from the position of Leader of Opposition of Goa,” the AICC Goa in-charge said.

HT had earlier reported about speculations that a switchover of legislators is likely to happen later in the day. Rao, who was rushed to the coastal state held a meeting with 10 of the 11 Congress MLAs and tried to put up a united appearance.

It also happened to be the third anniversary of the day when 10 MLAs formed a separate faction and switched over to the BJP back in 2019.

In another development, speaker of the Assembly, Ramesh Tawadkar, cancelled a notification announcing election for the post of deputy speaker.

The order was issued regarding the withdrawal of the election that was scheduled to be held on July 12 during the upcoming monsoon Assembly session.



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