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Goa Forward MP Who Skipped Rahul Gandhi May Join BJP, Receives Notice | Latest India News


PANAJI: Goa Forward Party (GFP), the party led by Vijai Sardesai that partners with Congress for the 2022 elections in Goa, issued a show cause notice to lawmaker Jayesh Salgaocar on Thursday to explain why he failed to refute the claims that he was heading towards the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Jayesh Salgaocar, one of three GFP lawmakers in the assembly, did not travel to Delhi with party leader Vijai Sardesai and lawmaker Vinoda Paliencar to meet with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday. It was after this meeting that Sardesai announced his intention to ally with Congress.

GFP’s justification notice asked Salgaocar to explain his silence after an unnamed BJP MP claimed he would join the BJP.

“MP Panaji BJP (Atanasio Monserrate) made it clear to the media that one of the Goa Forward MPs who went missing on the trip to Delhi to meet Rahul Gandhi would soon be hugging the BJP. Despite the fact that this news has gone viral, there has been no denial or clarification on your part, ”said the notice.

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He added that his conduct over the past few months indicated that he intended to work with the BJP for personal gain and to undermine party values ​​and policies. “These repeated acts on your part make it clear that you are involved in unforgivable anti-party activities. You are hereby invited to respond to this show cause notice within 24 hours, failing which disciplinary action will be taken against you without further notice, ”the GFP notice told Jayesh Salgaocar, the legislator of Saligao.

Like his party leader, Vijai Sardesai was once in Congress before moving to the Goa Forward party ahead of the 2017 elections in Goa. He beat Dilip Parulekar, who was state tourism minister in the outgoing Laxmikant Parsekar cabinet.

Salgaocar has been widely seen as having quit the Goa Forward party ahead of next year’s elections.

True, Goa BJP chairman Sadanand Shet Tanavade claimed he was “unaware” if a leader was to join the party. “If there is an announcement to make, we will let you know,” Tanavade said in response to questions about Salgaocar’s entry.

Vijai Sardesai’s decision to fight alongside Congress after meeting Rahul Gandhi came as a surprise, especially as he was working to align his party with the Trinamool Congress during the visit of the Chief Minister of Bengal. occidental Mamata Banerjee in the state.

True, Sardesai fought the 2017 election in partnership with Congress when his party won three of the four seats he contested. But after the results were published, he negotiated a deal with the BJP that allowed Manohar Parrikar to form the government. In return, Sardesai became the chief deputy minister of Goa; its two deputies have also obtained ministerial posts.

The three GFP lawmakers, however, were kicked out of the Goa cabinet in July 2019 by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant after 10 congressmen passed en masse to the BJP, and he did not need party support. . Sardesai withdrew his support for the government led by Sawant but remained in the NDA until April of this year.