Updated: December 3, 2021 5:47:43 am
Two days after the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and the Congress joined forces ahead of the legislative assembly election in the state, the regional party, which had three MLAs in the 40-member assembly, lost one as Jayesh Salgaonkar, MLA from Saligaon, resigned on Thursday.
He is expected to join the BJP in an induction ceremony on Friday afternoon.
Salgaonkar, a Bhandari Samaj leader, submitted his resignation to party president Vijai Sardesai on Thursday.
“The ‘loose tooth’ who has been flirting with the @BJP4Goa has fallen off at night! The desperation of @DrPramodPSawant & his party cronies, shaken by our unity with @INCIndia, to deny #Goans a future at any cost is now apparent. Immoral & unethical acts have taken place. FOR SURE!” Sardesai said in a tweet after Salgaonkar’s resignation.
Later on Thursday evening, Salgaonkar submitted his resignation to legislative assembly Speaker Rajesh Patnekar, which the Speaker accepted.
On Tuesday, the GFP had announced its support to the Congress with a picture with Rahul Gandhi, Sardesai, AICC Goa in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao, Goa assembly leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat, GFP MLA Vinod Palyekar and Independent MLA Prasad Gaonkar. Salgaonkar and Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Girish Chodankar were conspicuous by their absence.
Before Salgaonkar tendered his resignation, the GFP had issued a show-cause notice to him as he had not refuted a statement made by the BJP MLA, Atanasio Monserrate, who, on Wednesday, said Salgaonkar, who was missing from the picture, was on his way to the BJP.
“He should have said this is nonsense. The election is about three months away. We should not be seen as connected to the BJP in any way,” said Sardesai.
On Thursday, Sardesai said, “When we were leaving for Delhi, we had sent him his boarding pass but he said he could not come as someone known to him had died. Since we returned, he has been incommunicado. So, we have issued a detailed show cause notice and given him time to respond. If he doesn’t, we will take action.”
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