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Goa CM drops deputy Sudin Dhavalikar, hours after 2 lawmakers from his party join BJP

Legislators Manohar Ajgaonkar and Dipak Pawaskar gave a letter to merge the MGP legislature party with the BJP to officiating Goa Assembly Speaker Michael Lobo at 1:45 am. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 27, 2019, 01.30 PM (IST)

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant dropped deputy chief minister and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) MLA Sudin Dhavalikar from ministry hours after 2 MGP MLAs joined BJP. 

Two of the three MGP MLAs in Goa early Wednesday merged their party's legislative wing with the BJP, which now has 14 legislators in the 36-member state assembly.

Legislators Manohar Ajgaonkar and Dipak Pawaskar gave a letter to merge the MGP legislature party with the BJP to officiating Goa Assembly Speaker Michael Lobo at 1:45 am.

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However, Sudin Dhavalikar, the third MGP MLA, did not sign the letter. 

While Ajgaonkar is tourism minister, Dhavalikar is a deputy chief minister in the BJP-led state government in Goa.

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Two of the three MGP MLAs in Goa early Wednesday merged their party's legislative wing with the BJP, which now has 14 legislators in the 36-member state assembly