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Goa MLAs have broken record with defections: Gadkari

IANS  |  Panaji 

has broken all records in the country, as far as defection of MLAs is concerned, senior BJP leader and for Road Transport and Highways Gadkari said on Thursday, adding that MLAs hop parties in as casually as if they are strolling in a garden.

Speaking at a campaign rally ahead of the May 19 Panaji bypoll in the state capital, Gadkari said that the road ahead is tough for Pramod Sawant, who heads a BJP-led coalition government, "because of MLAs who are regularly prone to defection".

"has broken all records in the country. Despite the state's cultural and intellectual strength, Goa MLAs defect from parties so often here. It is probably influenced by the US. Marriages do not last in that country. They go here and there, as if they are in a garden. Therefore to keep these people, who are constantly looking for greener pastures, in one place and run a government is difficult," Gadkari said.

Since the 2017 state assembly polls, five sitting MLAs from from and the have quit their respective parties to join the BJP. Out of the five, three are already BJP cabinet ministers, while two have contested the April 23 assembly bypolls on a BJP ticket.

Gadkari in his speech, also expressed disappointment that former state chief was contesting the Panaji by-election, which the said, was aimed at cutting into BJP votes.

"He is contesting this election to split BJP's votes and help the to win elections. I will only say that it is unfortunate. Even though he has quit the party, I still respect him," Gadkari said.



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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 00:06 IST