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Another BJP MLA in Goa resigns, to join Congress

india Updated: Sep 30, 2011 20:13 IST
Dayanand Sopte

Another Bharatiya Janata Party MLA in the Goa assembly has resigned from the party to join the Congress.

Dayanand Sopte, representing Pernem constituency, today tendered his resignation to the speaker of the assembly Pratapsingh Rane.

After submitting the resignation, Sopte said that he would be joining Congress party.

This was the second jolt for BJP in Goa as party’s Bicholim MLA, Rajesh Patnekar, had resigned on September 12 to join Congress.

The BJP had recently appointed Sopte as an election campaign manager for the ensuing state legislative assembly election for north Goa.

Addressing a press conference, Sopte said that the Congress has assured him a ticket from Mandrem constituency in the forthcoming elections.

"Congress leaders like Jagmeet Singh Brar, chief minister Digambar Kamat and Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Subhash Shirodkar have given me an assurance for ticket from Mandrem constituency," Sopte said.

However, Shirodkar later rubbished his claim stating that the party has not committed any ticket to anyone.

Major part of Sopte's constituency has been merged with Mandrem constituency, which is currently represented by BJP Goa Unit President Laxmikant Parsekar.

Sopte said that BJP believes in one man one post but still allowed Parsekar to continue as BJP Chief and also has cleared his name for the Mandrem seat.

"I had to quit because of my political future. I would not have any future in BJP," he said.

BJP is the main opposition party in the state legislative assembly. It has now 12 MLAs in the assembly.