Goa: Congress removes Michael Lobo as Leader of Opposition on charges of trying to split party

Michael Lobo (File Image | IANS)

The Congress on Sunday dismissed Michael Lobo as the Leader of Opposition in Goa Assembly on the charges of trying to engineer split and defections from within the party.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) Goa-in-charge, Dinesh Gundu Rao said,  “There was a conspiracy which was hatched by some of our own leaders with the BJP. This was done to weaken the principal opposition party Congress in the state. The conspiracy was led by two of our own leaders – Michael Lobo and former CM Digambar Kamat.”

He said that both these leaders were working in the background with the BJP. Rao said that for the sake of power and position, these two in coordination with BJP have done so.

“We have brought this to the notice of party high command and we will be taking action against them. Mr Michael Lobo has been immediately removed from the position of leader of Congress legislature party and a new leader would be elected”, said Rao while addressing a press conference.

He said that this has been done by both the leaders for the sake of power for personal gains. He said, “They are willing to sacrifice all principles for the want of gaining something.”

Rao also said that the BJP was trying for a two-third split in the party. He said, “Our MLAs were offered huge amounts of money. I was shocked at the amount of money the BJP was offering to these people to defect.”

By EP Web Desk

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