New Delhi, March 14: The Supreme Court is set to hear a petition filed by the Congress against Goa Governor’s move to invite the Bharatiya Janata Party to form the government. The Congress has accused Goa Governor Mridula Sinha of flouting the norms by giving the BJP the first chance to stake claim over the government in Goa. The Congress has questioned the Governor’s decision of allowing BJP to stake claim to form the government despite the Congress emerging as the single largest party in the state.
This even as former defence minister Manohar Parrikar is headed to Goa to take the Chief Minister’s post. Parrikar will take oath as the Goa Chief Minister on Tuesday at 5 pm and has been asked by the Goa Governor to prove majority within 15 days. Parrikar resigned as the Defence Minister on Monday and headed to Goa to take over the responsibility.
Parrikar has said that he has the support of independent parties of Goa and will be forming the government in the state today. “I have tendered my resignation as Defence Minister and sent it to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO),” said Parrikar as quoted by news agency PTI. He further added, “I will be taking the oath tomorrow evening along with the cabinet ministers.”
Goa Congress in-charge Digvijaya Singh has contested this and said, “Congress had the first right as well as the popular mandate to form government. BJP has hijacked the mandate of people.” Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram also said “A party that comes second has no right to form the government. BJP stealing elections in Goa and Manipur.”
The Congress has also claimed that the current political scenario in Goa depicts the ‘murder of democracy’. Speaking to ANI here on Monday, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that it was the constitutional obligation of the Governor to first discuss the possibility of forming a government with the leading party. “The Governor should first invite the Congress to come forward and provide them an opportunity to consider an alliance with the other contesting parties. However, the Governor has provided an opportunity to parties with fewer votes to form the government. This is a pressure-building tactic by the government at the centre,” he said.
Atter the March 11 counting of votes for the Goa Assembly, the Congress emerged as the single largest party in the state with 17 seats, the BJP has 13 seats while Others have 10.