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Ex MLA Jayesh Salgaocar joins BJP

The BJP had dissolved the Saligao block on Thursday as some of the leaders had raised their voices against Salgaocar joining the party.

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Panaji: Former Goa Forward Party (GFP) MLA Jayesh Salgaocar joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday.

He had resigned as an MLA on Thursday.

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Salgaocar, who represented Saligao constituencies in the state assembly, joined the ruling party in the presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, BJP Goa Unit President Sadanand Shet Tanavade, party MLAs, among others.

He is likely to contest the upcoming assembly elections from the Saligao constituency.

The BJP had dissolved the Saligao block on Thursday as some of the leaders had raised their voices against Salgaocar joining the party.

Salgaocar had contested the 2017 assembly elections on the Goa Forward Party ticket and defeated then tourism minister Dilip Parulekar.

However, he was made a minister in the Manohar Parrikar led government as GFP had extended support to the BJP.

Assembly elections in Goa are scheduled to be held early next year.

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