Panaji, March 16: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is set to prove majority on the floor of the Assembly on Thursday at 11 am. Parrikar had stepped down as Defence Minister and was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Goa along with nine ministers on Tuesday. At present, he is enjoying the support of 22 MLAs, two more than the halfway mark of 20 in the 40-member Assembly.
The Congress on Monday had moved to the Supreme Court while challenging Governor Mridula Sinha‘s decision to appoint Manohar Parrikar as the chief minister of the state. However, the apex court turned down the appeal of the Congress to stay the swearing-in of Parrikar and ordered a floor test in the Goa Assembly instead. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar ruled out that the Goa Assembly session to be called at 11 AM on March 16, adding that the only business of the house would be the holding of floor test after swearing-in of the members.
Tables turned for the Congress when despite emerging as the single largest party in the Goa Assembly elections 2017, it was unable to form the government in the state as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with the support of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Goa Forward and independent MLAs formed the government in the state.
Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar took over as the Chief Minister of Goa on March 14.
Earlier, the Congress has alleged that the BJP had paid ‘Casino Money to win over MLAs’ in the Goa Assembly. “More than Rs 1,000 crore they have used. Including the money from casinos. Because casino people were very much there in the Raj Bhavan for the last two days,” All India Congress Committee secretary Girish Chodonkar stated while addressing the media.
As the Congress accused the BJP of using money power to come to power in Goa, the saffron party termed all the allegations as baseless. Welcoming Supreme Court’s decision, the Goa BJP unit General Secretary Sadanand Tanawade said that the party is confident of forming a government under Manohar Parrikar.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena called the formation of the BJP government in Goa as ‘murder of democracy’. An editorial in Saamna stated “The ploy that was played in Goa can’t be termed anything but murder of democracy… We wish our democracy the strength to handle such happenings.”
In the Goa Assembly elections 2017, the Congress emerged as the single largest party winning 18 seats out of the total 40. To form the government in the state, a party needs 21 MLAs in its support. The BJP was able to form the government in Goa with the support of three MLAs each of Goa Forward Party and MGP and the backing of three independent MLAs. The saffron party had won 13 seats in the recently concluded Goa Assembly elections 2017 and with the support the total tally counts to 22.