As the Karnataka crisis continues with the ruling JD(S)-Congress coalition at the verge of falling, and the Congress government in Goa facing the loss of majority mark, Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Anand Sharma protest in front of Gandhi statue in Parliament. Speaking to news agency ANI Rahul Gandhi said, "We are protesting against Karnataka and Goa issue."
On Wednesday evening, two-thirds (10 out of 15) of Congress MLAs from Goa submitted their resignation to the Assembly Speaker Rajesh Patnekar and expressed their desire to join the BJP. The group of the 10 Congress MLAs is led by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar. The MLAs include Atanasio Monserratte, Jeniffer Monserratte, Francis Silveira, Philip Nery Rodrigues, Cleaofacio Dias, Wilfred DSa, Nilkant Halarnkar and Isidor Fernandes. On Thursday morning, the 10 Goa MLAs reached Delhi and as per sources are scheduled to meet BJP national president Amit Shah and national working presindent JP Nadda.
With 10 Congress MLAs joining hands with the BJP party, the strength of the Grand Old Party is reduced to five in the House. Currently, BJP is the single largest party with 17 MLAs in the 40-member Assembly, along with Goa Forward Party and Independents having three MLAs each, while one MLA each from NCP and MGP. After the 10 Congress MLAs merging with BJP, the strength of the saffron party has increased to 27 from 17.
As confusion prevails over the appointment of new Congress president, CWC members will be meeting on Thursday to finalize the names for shortlisted candidates for the post of next Congress president. The Congress is facing what many observers have called an existential crisis, after Rahul Gandhi resigned as Congress president and the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of the party busy in insisting him to continue. Meanwhile there has been an internal tussle within the Congress between leaders to grab the top position - Milind Deora resigned as Maharashtra Congress chief and his predessesor Sanjay Nirupam lashed out at him saying that it seems he wants to get a higher position in the party.