dglobalnews.com SC ticks off Congress, BJP pockets Manipur and Goa
Published: Wed, March 15, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

SC ticks off Congress, BJP pockets Manipur and Goa

SC ticks off Congress, BJP pockets Manipur and Goa

The Congress party got 17 seats in the recently concluded elections in Goa while BJP managed to win 13 seats.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today rejected the Congress plea to stay the swearing-in of Manohar Parrikar as the new Chief Minister of Goa scheduled to take place later in the day and directed that the floor test be held in the Assembly on March 16.

Former Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit told the news channel that the party can not run on patronage and feudal leadership and one had to bring in people who deliver. She said she would like Biren Singh to take a floor test.

Urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu questioned the Congress protest in Manipur and Goa and said the "party has no moral right to do so".

The BJP's tally stands at 14 as Independent candidate Govind Gawade, supported by the party, won in Priol seat.

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.

The court said it was not possible to stop the oath-taking ceremony as the Congress has so far done nothing to prove that Mr. Parrikar's claim was wrong.

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"There is a clear alliance of 21, which is a majority, who appeared in person before the governor and who have also given letters of support, how could the governor have invited a minority when there is a majority claim", he asked. The National People's Party (NPP) and Naga People's Front (NPF), each with four seats, offered support to the BJP.

The BJP leader said that coming back to Goa was a matter of compulsion for him.

"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.

State Congress President Luizinho Faleiro also said he welcomes the court order that has given them the opportunity to prove the majority. Other MLAs will be sworn-in later, the Hindustan Times reported.

Singhvi argued that the governor had violated constitutional norms by not calling the single-largest party winning the elections, which is the Congress.

This was also confirmed by Union minister and the BJP's election in-charge for Goa, Nitin Gadkari.

March 15 would bring an end to the 15-year-rule of Ibobi Singh, the longest continuous rule by a chief minister the state saw after independence.

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