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Goa CM to face trust vote tomorrow
Tribune News Service/PTI

Mumbai, July 28
Goa's Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will face a confidence vote when the State Assembly meets on Monday.

Kamat told reporters in Panjim today that Governor S.C. Jamir has directed him to take the confidence vote on the floor of the house. The governor has already directed Speaker Pratapsinh Rane to take the test vote ahead of the other items on the agenda.

Originally, the house was to take up voting on the demands.

Meanwhile, the Congress party, which was reduced to a minority is still deciding on how to tackle the situation since it could not get enough MLAs from the defectors' camp to return.

The political crisis in Goa reached the Rashtrapati Bhavan today with BJP parading 20 of its supporting MLAs before President Pratibha Patil in what is seen as her first brush with the rough and tumble of politics after taking over the high office.

Led by BJP chief Rajnath Singh, the 20 MLAs, including Pandurang and Ramkrishna Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Churchill Alemao of the Save Goa Front trooped before Patil with demand to ensure a sitting of the State Assembly on Monday.

"The Goa government has been reduced to minority and has deliberately skipped the sitting of the assembly on Friday," Leader of the Opposition in Goa assembly Manohar Parrikar told reporters after meeting Patil.

New Delhi: The political crisis in Goa reached the Rashtrapati Bhavan today with the BJP parading 20 of its supporting MLAs before President Pratibha Patil in what is seen as her first brush with the rough and tumble of politics after taking over the high office.

Led by BJP chief Rajnath Singh, the 20 MLAs, including Pandurang and Ramkrishna Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Churchill Alemao of the Save Goa Front, trooped before Patil with demand to ensure a sitting of the state assembly on Monday.

“The Goa government has been reduced to a minority and has deliberately skipped the sitting of the assembly on Friday,” leader of the Opposition in Goa assembly Manohar Parrikar told reporters after meeting Patil.

“The President told the MLAs that Goa Governor S. C. Jamir will uphold the Constitution,” a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesman said.

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