Ten Congress MLAs from Goa on Thursday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of the party’s working president JP Nadda and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.
On Wednesday the Congress had plunged into crisis after a group of MLAs in Goa, led by Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar defected from the party.
According to the sources, the letter of a merger was handed over to Speaker on Wednesday evening in Sawant’s presence.
With the merging of ten Congress lawmakers into the BJP, the party’s strength has increased to 27 in the 40-seat house, reports said.
Accusing the BJP of orchestrating political crisis in both Goa and Karnataka, Congress MPs held a protest in Parliament today.
Top Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi protested near the Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex.