Goa polls: Congress MLA Victoria Fernandes quits

Congress legislator Victoria Fernandes, on Saturday, resigned from the party and the Assembly ahead of the March 3 polls.

Panaji: Congress legislator Victoria Fernandes, who was not given party nomination for coming assembly polls in Goa, on Saturday, resigned from the party and the Assembly ahead of the March 3 polls.
"Congress` double speak on women`s reservation has been exposed through recent ticket distribution. I was the lone woman legislator in the House but still was denied ticket from my constituency. What right does Congress have to speak about women`s reservation"? She told PTI here after sending in her resignation to Speaker Pratapsinh Rane.

The ruling party, hit by a spate of dissensions over distribution of tickets and withdrawal of support by
Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP) from Digambar Kamat government, is, however, yet to take a call on Fernandes`
decision.

"The party leaders will decide on the resignation," Goa Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Altinho Gomes
said in a terse acknowledgement of the development.

The effective strength of the 40-member Goa Assembly is brought down to 35 as three BJP legislators and a NCP MLA
have already put in their papers, besides Fernandes. Fernandes has fielded her son Rudolf as an independent from St Cruz constituency.

PTI

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