Panaji: Amid speculations that some of its
MLAs might gravitate towards Congress ahead of the Goa state
Assembly Elections, the BJP on Monday said it would not stop
anyone from committing "political suicide".
"Whoever wants to commit political suicide let them go
ahead and do it. We won`t stop them. We have already advised
them against such a suicidal political move," Laxmikant
Parsekar, state BJP chief, said today.
The remarks came in the wake of two BJP legislators
namely Rajesh Patnekar (Bicholim) and Dayanand Sopte (Pernem),
crossing over to Congress amid rumours that more will follow
Parsekar said the party`s executive and legislature
wings held a meeting here yesterday and asked its members not
"(But) we can`t stop the people from leaving the
party. If someone wants to compromise his political future for
the sake of money we can`t do anything. They (Congress) have
lot of money to poach our MLAs," he said.
Parsekar claimed that "public opinion" was against the
ruling Congress, which will be reflected in the forthcoming
state legislative assembly elections.
With two of its legislators shifting their loyalties,
the strength of BJP, which is the principal Opposition party
in the 40-member Assembly -- now truncated to 38 -- has been
reduced to 12 while that of Congress` is 20, NCP 3,
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) 2 and Independent 1.
According to sources, the MLAs resigned citing `better
political future` and `neglect by the Leader of Opposition
When asked to comment on the allegations levelled by
the BJP in the wake of resignations, Goa Pradesh Congress
Committee Chief Subhash Shirodkar told reporters yesterday
"they (MLAs) quit BJP and joined Congress because they
believed in the ideology of the party".