Congress dismisses reports of Digambar Kamat joining BJP in Goa

first_imgThe Goa unit of the Congress on Wednesday dismissed reports of senior MLA and former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat joining the BJP along with some other Congress MLAs. It said this was an attempt by the BJP to divert attention from the failures of the ruling coalition in the State. “At least two senior journalists from Delhi called me to check rumours of split in @INCGoa. I told them it’s DirtyTricks Dept & FakeNews Factory of @BJP4India @BJP4Goa They confirmed that news was passed to journalists by #BJP whatsapp groups in Delhi. Nice way to divert from failures,” Goa Pradesh Congress president Girish Chodankar tweeted on Wednesday. Reports in a section of the media, quoting BJP sources in Panaji, had said that Mr. Kamat was expected to join the BJP with three other MLAs by September 15. The Congress currently has 16 members in the 40-member Assembly, while the BJP has 14 MLAs. Being probed by policeOver a decade ago Mr. Kamat had quit BJP to join Congress. He was Chief Minister of the Congress-led coalition government from 2007 to 2012. Mr. Kamat is one of the main accused in Goa’s illegal mining scam being probed by police SIT. He is also a prime accused in the Louis Berger bribery scandal being probed by the Goa police. When contacted for his reaction, Mr. Kamat told The Hindu on Wednesday, “Why should I react again and again. It is all fabricated and planted mischief.”Another Congress MLA from Mandrem constituency, Dayanand Sopte, also a former BJP MLA, said at a press conference on Wednesday that this “rumour-mongering was aimed at controlling BJP MLAs who were restless about the way the government was in a messy situation with the Chief Minister and two ailing Ministers away.” “I would not like to name anyone or give deadlines. But rest assured that at least three MLAs of the BJP are on way to Congress. Congress is 16-MLAs strong. BJP is 14 and three including Chief Minister are in hospital. So the BJP knows it is in a precarious situation. To confuse their three MLAs and to prevent them from taking any drastic step, this rumour-mongering is being done. Nobody has approached me. Mr. Kamat and Mr. Pratapsingh Rane(two senior Congress MLAs also being named in the media reports) contracted me and said just ignore this nonsense,” said Mr. Sopte who had defeated BJP Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar in 2017 State Assembly polls.last_img

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