Wednesday 17 Jul 2024

RGP's absence during oppn meeting raises eyebrows

GUILHERME ALMEIDA | JULY 06, 2024, 12:38 AM IST
RGP's absence during oppn meeting raises eyebrows

Opposition MLAs had a meeting recently ahead of the Assembly session minus the RGP MLA.

Photo Credits: The Goan


When Opposition MLAs went into a huddle earlier this week ahead of the forthcoming session of the Goa Legislative Assembly, tongues were left wagging in political circles. Reason: Perhaps for the first time, RGP MLA Vireshbab Borkar was conspicuous by his absence at the meeting of opposition legislators. This assumes significance against the backdrop of the 2024 Lok Sabha election when the regional party contested both the North and South Goa seats. Questions are being raised about whether the Congress did not invite the RGP MLA or whether the invitation was not sent to the regional party MLA due to objections raised in opposition circles not to invite the RGP MLA. Wait and watch.

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