Former BJP leader and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo on Tuesday, Janaury 11, joined Congress a day after resigning from the Goa cabinet and quitting the saffron party.
Lobo along with his wife, Delilah Lobo, who is seeking ticket from Siolim constituency in the next month's Assembly elections, joined the Congress in the presence of the party's Goa in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao and Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat.
The Lobo Couple's supporters along with sarpanches and ward members also embraced the Congress.
Speaking at the induction, Lobo said, "I am back to the party that I left in 2006. I thank Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi for accepting me. I have joined the Congress today for the betterment of Goa. There's nobody there to listen to the voice of the downtrodden & poor, except Congress."
"We have a great history. Today, the Congress is the only alternative if you want a good and stable government," he added.
Gundo Rao claimed that with Lobo's induction in the party, Congress will win more than 25 out of 40 seats.
"People in Goa want to remove the BJP, but some other political parties have come to Goa to create disturbance and help the BJP. These parties do not want Congress to get full majority and are aiming for a hung assembly which would suit them. They have no vision, no program....They have a mischievous agenda," Rao said.
Opposition leader Digambar kamat said that the many leaders have joined other parties as they were lured by making various promises but they will reverse their decision and come back to Congress.
He further said that Michael's joining the party will definitely benefit and "other parties will come to know the strength of Congress"