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Former Goa Minister Michael Lobo, His Wife Delilah Join Congress Ahead Of Polls

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<p><strong>New Delhi:</strong> Former Goa minister and BJP leader Michael Lobo along with his wife Delilah Lobo joined the Congress in Panaji on Tuesday.</p>
<p>The development comes a day after Michael Lobo resigned from both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Legislative Assembly on Monday.</p>
<p>Michael Lobo represented the Calangute Assembly constituency and held charge of the state port and waste management departments in the Goa Cabinet.</p>
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<p dir="ltr" lang="en">Former Goa BJP minister Michael Lobo along with his wife Delilah Lobo joined the Congress party in Panaji today <a href="https://t.co/ARySUobz8Z">pic.twitter.com/ARySUobz8Z</a></p>
&mdash; ANI (@ANI) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1480926931923185664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 11, 2022</a></blockquote>
<p>Speaking to reporters, Michael Lobo had said people were dissatisfied with the ruling BJP in the coastal state.</p>
<p>"The voters told me that the BJP is no more a party of the common people. The grass-root level workers are feeling ignored by the party," PTI quoted Lobo as saying.</p>
<p><strong>READ | <a title="Goa Minister Michael Lobo, MLA Quit BJP; CM Says ‘Few Defections’ Won’t Affect Party" href="https://news.abplive.com/elections/goa-elections-2022-minister-michael-lobo-mla-pravin-zantye-quit-bjp-1505549" target="">Goa Minister Michael Lobo, MLA Quit BJP; CM Says ‘Few Defections’ Won’t Affect Party</a></strong></p>
<p>On Monday, BJP MLA Pravin Zantye, who represented the Mayem Assembly constituency, also quit the saffron party. In all four BJP MLAs have resigned over the last month — Lobo, Zantye, Carlos Almeida and former forest minister Alina Saldanha.</p>
<p>Reacting to the resignations, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Twitter that "a few defections" would not impede the BJP’s agenda of good governance.</p>
<p>"Bharatiya Janata Party is a big family that continues to serve the motherland with full devotion! A few defections, to fulfil the agenda of greed and personal interests cannot deter our agenda of Good Governance," Sawant tweeted.</p>
<p>"Goan people have seen BJP&rsquo;s governance and development model for a decade and I am sure that they will give us another term in their service. Jai Hind, Jai Goa," he further said.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Earlier in the day, Govind Gaude, an independent legislator and the state’s Art and Culture Minister resigned as MLA and said that he would be joining the BJP, PTI reported.</p>
<p>Elections for all 40 Assembly constituencies in Goa will take place on February 14. Counting of votes will be done on March 10.</p>

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