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Digambar Kamat likely to join BJP, could be next Goa CM


Amidst the recent political upheaval in Goa owing to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s ailment, Goa BJP leader Micheal Lobo confirmed that prospects of senior Congress leader Digambar Kamat joining BJP was discussed in the meeting of all BJP MLAs held Saturday.

Lobo also said that prospects of Kamat being named the next chief minister was discussed, but mentioned that the final call would be taken by the party high command.

“Last evening at all BJP MLA meet discussion on Digambar Kamat joining BJP has taken place. The decision whether he will be the Chief Minister would be taken by the Central leadership,” Lobo told ANI.

Meanwhile, Kamat is en route to Delhi, fuelling speculation that he would be the next Chief Minister of Goa.

The present strength of the Goa Assembly stands at 37 instead of 40. Congress is currently the single-largest party in the state with 14 MLAs. BJP has 13 legislators, including Parrikar, and its government is supported by three MLAs each of the Goa Forward Party and Maharashtra Gomantak Party, and three Independents. Two Congress MLAs have resigned after defecting to BJP.

Source: Economic Times