The Congress’s Goa unit has approached the Supreme Court over the defection of its 10 MLAs to the BJP in 2017. The Congress’s move came as counting is going in in the Goa assembly elections 2022.
In 2017 Goa assembly polls, the Congress had 17 MLAs and BJP 13 MLAs. Then 10 Congress MLAs joined BJP in October 2019.
But with BJP seemed to be set for a poll victory as counting progresses, the move may not mean much.
The Congress’s request for disqualification of the MLAs who had defected was rejected by the Speaker as two-thirds of the MLAs had merged with BJP.
The Speaker’s decision to reject the Congress’s request was also upheld by the Bombay High Court.
Now the Congress has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the high court order.
Though with the new assembly likely to be formed in a day or two, this petition doesn’t have any effect. However, the Congress appeared to have gone to the Supreme Court to deter MLAs from defecting after the results are out today.
With inputs from NDTV