New Delhi, Mar 13: Supreme Court of India agreed to urgently hear the petition filed by Congress challenging the appointment of Manohar Parrikar as the Goa chief minister. Congress moved the top court on Monday, seeking stay on Parrikar’s appointment. The case is expected to be heard by apex judiciary on Tuesday morning. Parrikar is also scheduled to take oath as the chief minister in Panjim tomorrow.
Congress accused Governor Mridula Sinha of flouting the norms by giving BJP the first opportunity to stake claim over government. Congress’ Goa-in-charge Digvijay Singh questioned the decision of Governor, demanding her to allow Congress to prove their majority in the assembly.
“Congress had the first right as well as the popular mandate to form government. BJP has hijacked the mandate of people,” Digvijay said. Similar views were reiterated by senior Congress leader P Chidambaram. “A party that comes second has no right to form the government. BJP stealing elections in Goa and Manipur,” the former Union Minister said.
The results of Goa assembly elections were declared on Saturday. In a fractured mandate, the electorate gave 17 seats to Congress, 13 to BJP, 3 each to Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward Party and 1 to Nationalist Congress Party. 3 independent legislators were also duly elected.
Status Known For 40 out of 40 Constituencies
|Bharatiya Janata Party||13||0||13|
|Indian National Congress||17||0||17|
|Nationalist Congress Party||1||0||1|
|Goa Forward Party||3||0||3|
Congress came closest form government in Goa, emerging as the single largest party. With 4 short of majority, the party pinned hope in receiving support from NCP, GFP as well as the independents to form a comfortable majority.
However, BJP outmatched Congress in terms of realpolitik, succeeding in bringing MGP and GFP to its fold, long with the independent MLAs. The only condition laid was that Manohar Parrikar, the Defence Minister, should be sent back to Goa as the chief minister by BJP high command. Paying heed to the demand of legislators, Centre allowed Parrikar to submit his resignation on Monday. His charge was taken over by Union Arun Jaitley, who holds the Defence portfolio as well.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari defended the decision of Governor to appoint Parrikar as CM, claiming that the Congress delayed their pitch to form government. Gadkari further added that Congress, despite being the single largest party, was in no position to form the government as it lacked the majority figures. The regional players, as well, as the independently elected MLAs, decided to back BJP, Gadkari added.