The Goa bench of Bombay High Court on Friday set October 22 as the next date of hearing of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party's (MGP) disqualification petition against deputy chief minister Manohar Ajgaonkar and PWD minister Deepak Pauskar.
Earlier, MGP approached the High Court seeking the disqualification of two former MGP MLAs after Speaker Rajesh Patnekar dismissed its disqualification petition in April.
The petition was filed by MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar against Manohar Ajgaonkar and Deepak Pauskar who switched over to the ruling BJP in 2019.
While dismissing the MGP’s petition, Speaker Patnekar had ruled that when two-third of MGP legislature party members joined BJP, the MLAs could not be disqualified as they merged with a political party as per anti-defection law.
MGP's strength in the Goa Assembly was reduced from three to one after Ajgoankar and Pauskar joined BJP in 2019.