Congress spokesman Pawan Khera said of the defection that in order to make their operation, which he calls Kichad, successful, the BJP used all sorts of tactics including central investigative agencies, threats from thugs and greed. The BJP is unsettled by Bharat Jodo Yatra, he added.
– Pawan Khera 🇮🇳 (@Pawankhera) September 14, 2022
Congress Secretary-General for Communications Jairam Ramesh said in a tweet: “The BJP’s Operation Kichad in Goa has been accelerated due to the visible success of the Bharat Jodo Yatra. BJP is nervous.”
“A daily dose of distraction and disinformation is being distributed to undermine the yatra. We remain undeterred. We will overcome these BJP dirty tricks,” he added.
The BJP’s Operation Kichad in Goa was accelerated due to the visible success of the operation #BharatJodoYatra. BJP is nervous. A daily dose of distraction and disinformation is being distributed to undermine the yatra. We remain undeterred. We will overcome these BJP dirty tricks.
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) September 14, 2022
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Raghav Chadha, who lashed out at Congress amid Goa’s political crisis, said: “If you vote for Congress, vote for a future BJP MLA.”
“Operation Lotus fails in Delhi and Punjab, succeeds in Goa… Because when you vote for Congress, you vote for a future BJP MLA,” Chadha said, adding that “Congress is over and rests in pieces.”
Operation Lotus: failure in Delhi and Punjab, success in Goa.
If you vote for Congress, you are voting for a future BJP MLA.
Congress is over and rests in pieces.
— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) September 14, 2022
Eight MLAs from Congress, including former CM Digambar Kamat and opposition leader Michael Lobo, joined the BJP in Goa today.
This gives Congress three MLAs in the state.
MLAs who have joined the Safran Party include Digambar Kamat, Michael Lobo, Delilah Lobo, Rajesh Phaldesai, Kedar Naik, Sankalp Amonkar, Aleixo Sequeira and Rudolf Fernandes. They also met with CM Pramod Sawant, ANI news agency reported.