The speculation that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant may drop some coalition members from his cabinet was triggered after 10 Congress lawmakers move of merging with the ruling BJP in Goa, on Wednesday.

However, Goa Forward Party (GFP) President and Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai claimed his party was not related to the incident and that he has not been informed about the implications of the Congress lawmakers move on his party.

Ten Congress lawmakers, led by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, broke away and united into the BJP. After the addition, the BJP strength rose to 27 in the 40-seat house. Mr. Sardesai replied that “One party has split and another party has accepted them. My party is not related to the development.”

“We are part of the NDA and I have not been told about any implication of this development on my party,” he added. In the year 2017, the GFP with its three lawmakers had extended support to the Manohar Parrikar-led government and in 2019 the Pramod Sawant-led government.

Mr. Sawant has said that the BJP was yet to take a decision on its coalition partners. “At least, for now, we have not decided anything,” he said. Congress is now reduced to five legislators.

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