Congress couldn't get numbers, can't cry foul now, says BJP

Congress couldn't get numbers, can't cry foul now, says BJP

Manohar Parrikar has been sworn in as chief minister in Goa and N Biren Singh, leader of the BJP legislature party, has been invited by the governor in Manipur to form the government.

Parrying criticism that he did not have the majority support, Parrikar said with alliance partners his government's vote share had touched 50.5%.

Biren Singh, a former minister in the Congress government who defected to the BJP last October, was elected the BJP's legislative party chief on March 13.

He said he saw the letter of Goa Governor Mridula Sinha having appointed Manohar Parrikar as the Goa CM on 12 March, a day after the poll results, before "any floor test or anything happened", charging "So it is hard for us to stake claim if the governor is already acting in a partisan manner".

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Earlier, Goa Congress took all its newly-elected 17 MLAs to the Raj Bhavan and met Governor Mridula Sinha to seek an opportunity to prove majority in the Assembly but could not get any assurance from her.

"Singhvi insisted on the floor test immediately on Tuesday or on Wednesday staying the swearing-in of Parrikar, but the Court disagreed to interfere in the Governor's decision to invite Parrikar to take oath and ordered the floor test on March 16 only after the 'formalities"' of constituting the new House are completed by the Election Commission. He joined the BJP on October 17, 2016 and became the co-convener of its election management committee He contested and won from the Heingang seat for the recent assembly elections.

The bench said the Congress has failed to show affidavits of support from the smaller parties.

Further accusing the BJP of buying MLAs, Rahul said, "It is not about how soon they went, but with how much money the BJP went to steal the mandate of Goa and Manipur".

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"Of the five states, the BJP won two and we won three". Besides, the Congress had not made Parikkar a party in the petition. It only directed the fledgling Goa government to confirm its stability via a floor strength on Thursday. "We have more than 21 MLAs with us with the support of alliance partners", Goa BJP unit General Secretary Sadanand Tanawade said. "You (Congress) don't have the numbers and that's why you didn't claim to form government".

Other than Parrikar, the BJP will have only two members, Francis D'Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar, in the council of minister.

"I appreciate Parrikar's deep commitment and love for the soil of Goa, but he should be sporting enough to accept the fact that the BJP has received drubbing under his leadership", he said.

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