March 21, 2023

Carlos Almeida: Two-time BJP Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida to join Congress | Goa News – Times of India

PANAJI: Two-times Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida, who tendered his resignation as MLA, has decided to join Indian National Congress. Almeida said that he will join Congress on Wednesday.
Almeida decided on Tuesday past midnight after extensive consultation with his supporters in Vasco. “I have decided to join Congress,” Almeida told TOI.
Almeida had accused BJP of “systematically finishing Manohar Parrikar’s loyalists”.
Almeida is the second BJP MLA to resign from Mormugao taluka, the first one being Alina Saldanha, who represented the Cortalim constituency for two terms. In the 2017 assembly election, BJP had won all four seats in Mormugao taluka.
On November 30, a former independent candidate from Vasco, Krishna ‘Daiji’ Salkar joined BJP, making it clear that Almeida would be denied the party ticket to contest the upcoming assembly election.
On Tuesday, Almeida submitted his resignation to the legislature secretary as the speaker of the Goa legislative assembly, Rajesh Patnekar, was not in the assembly secretariat. Speaker is yet to accept his resignation.

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