Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, who was one of three remaining Congress MLAs in Goa, joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Kolkata on Tuesday, December 21, in the presence of TMC Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and TMC) national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee.
TMC's official handle on Tuesday tweeted, Today, former @INCIndia Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco joined us in the presence of our Chairperson @MamataOfficial and our National General Secretary @abhishekhaitc. We extend a very warm welcome to him! Together, we shall work for the betterment of all Goans.
The three-time MLA tendered his resignation as a legisator on Monday. Just two months ago, he was appointed as the working president of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) and was named as Congress candidate from the Curtorim constituency for the upcoming assembly elections.
Reacting to Lourenco's exit from the party, GPCC president on Monday had described former Curtorim's MLA move as 'selfish' and called him a traitor. “We had expected that this time he (Lourenco) would show some maturity and overcome his childish ways. But he has disappointed (us) again. For many people, this may not be shocking,” Chodankar said.
Down to just two MLAs from 17, Ten of its MLAs defected to the BJP in 2019. Later, two ex-chief ministers Luizinho Faleiro and Ravi Naik went to the TMC and BJP respectively.