CLP to meet Goa Governor to stake claim for govt formation

CLP to meet Goa Governor to stake claim for govt formation

The Supreme Court on Tuesday requested the Goa Governor to ensure a floor test on Thursday as the only agenda for the day to decide whether Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has the support of the majority.

Since Sunday, the hunt has been on for one more legislator so that the BJP can prove its majority if invited to form government.

Rubbishing the Congress' charge that the BJP's forming the government in Goa was immoral, Parrikar said that while the BJP got fewer seats, no party had got a majority in the state.

The apex court further told the Congress that it should have gone to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha rather than raising the matter before the judiciary. "Our political opponents (BJP), despite losing the mandate of the people, have tried to misrepresent to your good-self that they enjoy the majority support of legislators".

The BJP on Tuesday formed its coalition government in Goa with the support of smaller parties and Independents and is all set to form its government in a similar fashion in Manipur on Wednesday, even as the Congress has emerged as the single largest party in both these states. Parrikar yesterday quit as the defence minister of India, a post he had been holding since November 2014 after first reshuffle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet.

Chodankar said this is the first time since 1999 that the Congress had done well in Goa. While the poll results have lessons for both national parties (Congress and BJP) in the state, it is certain that the road ahead for the Siddaramaiah government would be hard with an anti-incumbency wave, similar to Uttar Pradesh, setting in. The CM thus appointed must prove majority as per the guidelines laid down in the Bommai judgment - on the floor of the assembly. While the results have made Yeddyurappa a strong man in his quest to knit the party as desired by his central leadership, it has also silenced ambitious leaders who were hitherto shooting from others' shoulders by forcing dissident leaders to hold press conferences independently.

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Stating that Congress' fight is against Bharatiya Janata Party's ideology, Rahul said, "What they did in Manipur and Goa is exactly the ideology we are fighting against". The BJP's claim should have been considered only if the Congress pleaded inability or failed the floor test.

"You can not have an order behind his back", the judges said, adding that the Congress party had not based its pleadings with hard evidence on the number of legislators supporting it. Minutes before his presser in Goa, the Indian defence minister said, "I have not resigned yet".

Another Independent MLA, Prasad Gaonkar had submitted letter of support, the chief minister said.

Other than Parrikar, the BJP will have only two members, Francis D'Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar, in the council of minister. "They felt that I could lead a coalition government well".

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said since the Congress leader has used "strong words", they should either be expunged or the government be allowed to respond.

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