Monserrette withdraws support from BJP-led front in Goa
In a major political development, UGD party legislator Atansio Monserrette withdrew support from BJP-led GDA and extended his support to the Congress-led Digamber Kamat government.india Updated: Aug 13, 2007 13:35 IST
In a major political development, United Goan Democratic party legislator Atansio Monserrette on Monday withdrew support from BJP-led Goa Democratic Alliance and extended his support to the Congress-led Digamber Kamat government.
In his letter to the Governor, Monserrette said that he is supporting the Congress-led formation to end the 'political instability' in the state.
The move has provided relief to the Kamat government as its chances of survival strengthened with the Congress camp now holding the support of 20 legislators, clearly ahead of the GDA only left with 19 in the 40-member Goa Assembly.
Kamat-led front has 15 Congress, three NCP, an independent and a UGDP legislator on its side while the GDA has the support of fourteen BJP MLAs, two Save Goa Front, one independent and two MLAs of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP).
However, the fate of rebel Congress legislator Victoria Fernandes hangs in balance as her resignation as member of legislative assembly is yet to be accepted by the Speaker.
First Published: Aug 13, 2007 13:33 IST