Notice issued to Goa acting speaker over MGP merger in BJP

The Bombay High Court at Goa on April 22 issued notices to the office of the Goa Speaker, among others, following a petition seeking quashing of acting Speaker Michael Lobo’s order of March 27, approving a merger of a breakaway group of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party(MGP) into the BJP.

MGP is an alliance partner of BJP- in Goa.

The petition has been filed by a local politician Sadanand Vaingankar.

“For a merger of any political party the procedure contemplated under the constitution of their party has to be followed, which has not been done in the present case and therefore the question of valid merger of any political party does not even arise,” the petitioner has pleaded before the high court.

In its notice, the Court has directed the respondents to submit a written reply by April 30.

“The legislature party of a political party by itself had no authority or power to merge with any other political party, without the merger of its original political party,” the petitioner has argued.

The petition comes in the context of a post-midnight drama on March 27, when two MLAs from the MGP, Manohar Ajgaonkar, and Deepak Pauskar split from the MGP, formed a separate legislative unit and merged it into the BJP.

The merger, as approved by acting Speaker Michael Lobo, reduced the strength of the MGP in the Goa assembly to one MLA, then Dy. Chief Minister Sudin Dhavalikar, who was dropped from the State Cabinet by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant within hours of the development.


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