Goa BJP MLA Wilred D'Sa resigns to contest as Independent candidate

Panaji, Jan 19 (IANS): A day after Goa Speaker Rajesh Patnekar announced that he would not be contesting the February 14 Assembly elections on health grounds, another BJP MLA Wilred D'Sa on Wednesday resigned from the party and as legislator, stating that he would be contesting as an Independent candidate.

"I have resigned as an MLA and from BJP. I will be contesting the elections as an independent candidate from the Nuvem assembly constituency," D'Sa told reporters after submitting his resignation to the Speaker's office.

D'Sa, who was elected as a Congress MLA in 2017, had joined the BJP as part of a group of 10 Congress MLAs who had merged with the BJP in 2019.

Late on Tuesday, Patnekar had also said that he would not be contesting the assembly polls on health grounds.

Reacting to the Speaker's decision not to contest, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party President Deepak Dhavalikar said that siting BJP MLAs had sensed the popular discontent against the ruling BJP on ground. Patnekar is the MLA from the Bicholim assembly constituency.

"You have seen what the state of the BJP is in Bicholim. I met a lot of people there. The Speaker has refused to accept a ticket. He has sensed the popular anger against the BJP which is why he has backtracked. This is the case everywhere," he said.



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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Whichever state BJP rules, there highest levels of corruption and communal intolerance. Majority of politicians are corrupt but BJP are the worst.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Don't come to us again when we form the government.

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    The worst politicians are found in GOA ,none of them are for the development of the state, they just want power and make money for themselves. They will contest as independents and if they win they will demand for post of Minister from the ruling party, join the party and quit on the eve of elections.

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  • Alfria, Manglore/Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    In goa such a situation has risen that no sitting mlas wants to contest elections on bjp ticket. Bjp will offer money to anyone who is going to fight election on Bjp symbol.

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  • Piad, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 19 2022

    Please don't believe these politicians. This may be vote splitting tactics. After winning, D'sa will jump to BJP again. Let the candidates take oath first in public by writing that after winning the elections they will not join any other party.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Whatever may be, but one thing is sure that most of the MLAs joined BJP now fed up with this party, and the charm of goa has gone.

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