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BJP’s Deliberate Misreading of Anti-Defection Law Shows Contempt for Goan Voter

Considering the Pramod Sawant-led coalition government was under no threat, the BJP’s gleeful embrace of the turncoats has also shaken the saffron party’s core supporters in the state.

Panaji, (Goa): Ten Congress MLAs defected to the BJP in Goa on Wednesday, plunging the already embattled national party into its worst crisis in the state in recent years. 

But the exodus from the Congress – it is now left with just five MLAs after starting out with 17 in 2017 – and the BJP’s gleeful embrace of the turncoats has shaken the saffron party’s core supporters in the state as well.

The disapproval is understandable – after all, the Pramod Sawant-led coalition government in Goa was under no threat. Four short of a majority on its own (17 in a house of 40) till Wednesday’s events, six members from the Goa Forward Party and independents had helped the BJP cruise comfortably through half the term. Modi’s overwhelming victory in May also ensured that the allies stayed on.

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