Goa: Ravi Naik resigns as Cong MLA, party's strength in House reduces to 3
Earlier, former Goa chief minister Luizinho Faleiro had resigned as Congress MLA in September this year and later joined the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, which has decided to contest the state polls due early next year.
With Naik's resignation, the Congress' strength in the 40-member Goa Assembly has come down to three.
Reacting to Naik's resignation, state Congress chief Girish Chodankar said the party had ''disowned'' him long back and he was not even being considered as the party's candidate for the forthcoming state polls.
He was accompanied by his two sons, who joined the ruling BJP last year.
“I have resigned. I will let you know what is the next course of action,” Naik told reporters here after submitting his resignation.
According to sources, Naik is expected to join the BJP later in the day in the presence of the party's Goa election in-charge Devendra Fadnavis.
Ravi Naik's younger son Roy Naik said he has requested his father to join the BJP.
In the 2017 state Assembly polls, the Congress had emerged as the single largest party by winning 17 seats. However, the BJP, which had won 13 seats, forged an alliance with some regional outfits and independents to form government in the coastal state.
''His one leg was already in the BJP. He had sent his sons to the BJP first,” the Congress leader told reporters.
Chodankar said the Congress has already started creating a new leadership in the Ponda Assembly constituency. “We had not involved Naik in any of the party functions. We had disowned Naik long back,” he said.
The Ponda block committee, during a meeting held to shortlist the candidate from the constituency for the forthcoming, had not mentioned Naik's name, he said.
“Naik was not even considered as the party's candidate for the next election,” he added.
Soon after Rane's exit, two more Congress MLAs - Subhash Shirodkar (who represented Shiroda seat) and Dayanand Sopte (Mandrem) - left the party to join the BJP. Both of them later won the by-elections held in May 2019.
Kavlekar is currently serving as deputy chief minister in the Pramod Sawant-led state government.
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