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Goa government asks Speaker to prorogue assembly

January 17, 2008 10:37 IST
Last Updated: January 17, 2008 11:10 IST

The Congress government in Goa [Images] on Thursday recommended Speaker Pratapsinh Rane to prorogue the assembly session, which was supposed to meet later in the afternoon.

The move could be attributed to the withdrawal of support to the state government by the Nationalist Congress Party and some independent legislators.

Meanwhile, Congress legislator Shyam Satardekar is likely to quit the assembly to support the NCP, which will bring down Congress' strength from 15 to 14 in the 40-member assembly.

With support of two Save Goa Front legislators, the ruling front will be left with the support of only 17 legislators.

Anil Salgaonkar, an independent legislator, has declared that he is neutral in the current developments.

The Congress-led coalition government in the state was on Wednesday reduced to a minority when its constituent NCP and an Independent legislator withdrew support, sparking a fresh political crisis that saw three ministers resigning.

The ministers Vishavajit Rane (Independent), Francisco Pachecho and Joace Philip D'Souza (both NCP) had tendered their resignations to Governor S C Jamir on Wednesday.

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