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Live | Goa Assembly: Congress alleges horse-trading by BJP, Gadkari says support from non-BJP MLAs was unanimous

The Supreme Court On Tuesday Slammed Congress For Not Approaching The Goa Governor Mridula Sinha Before Filing A Plea In The Apex Court For The Formation Of Government In The State. The Court Has Ordered Floor Test In Goa. BJP Leader And Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Will Take Oath As State Chief Minister At 5pm. Parrikar Has Been Given 15 Days To Prove His Majority By The Governor.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Arshi Aggarwal | Updated on: 14 Mar 2017, 02:27:43 PM

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed Congress for not approaching the Goa Governor Mridula Sinha before filing a plea in the apex court for the formation of government in the state. The court has ordered floor test in Goa. BJP leader and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will take oath as state chief minister at 5pm. Parrikar has been given 15 days to prove his majority by the Governor.

The Congress Legislative Party will also meet Goa Governor Mridula Sinha at 1:30pm, says Congress leader Digvijay Singh. 

“We are holding a Congress Legislative Party meeting in the morning and then will be meeting the Governor at 10.00 AM to stake claim to form the next government.

“We have adequate numbers. We are the single largest party and we should be invited to form the government,” CLP leader Chandrakant Kavlekar told PTI.

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Live updates:

#12:36pm:

Manohar Parrikar is CM of Goa for two days, if BJP can't show majority they won't be allowed to form a government:Abhishek Manu Singhvi -ANI

#12:30pm: 

Congress was not able to choose a leader due to their internal tussle and they are blaming us for it: Union Min Nitin Gadkari

#12:24pm: 

There was no horse-trading in Goa,had discussion with non-BJP MLAs they had some conditions; support was unanimous: Union Min Nitin Gadkari

#12:20pm: 

Goa govt-formation tussle: Supreme Court said the floor test will be on March 16, refused to stay swearing in of Manohar Parrikar - ANI

#1210pm: 

Floor test ordered for March 16 (not today). Parrikar will take oath as scheduled (today, 5pm)

#11:55am: 

Goa govt-formation tussle: Supreme Court directs that floor test be held today in Goa - ANI

#11:45am:

Goa govt formation tussle: Supreme Court orders floor test in Goa - ANI 

#11:33am:

While hearing Congress' petition Supreme Court asks Congress where are the numbers?-ANI

#11:31am: 

The Supreme Court asks Congress why they did not approach the Governor of Goa over govt formation-ANI

#11:25am: 

During hearing on Cong's petition SC bench headed by CJI Khehar observed that numbers should determine single largest party-ANI

#11:19am:

Goa govt formation tussle: During hearing of Congress' petition in SC, they are alleging that BJP is involved in horse trading-ANI

#11:18am:

Supreme Court slams Congress, says Guv has right to call the shots on government formation

#11:09am:

Hearing on Congress' petition challenging the appointment of Manohar Parrikar as Goa CM begins in Supreme Court.

#11:01am:

She said she will meet us at 1.30pm, though we wished that she should've met us earlier: Digvijay Singh on meeting with Governor

#10:15am: Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh to appear in the case challenging appointment of Manohar Parrikar as Goa CM in Supreme Court

#10:00am: Despite having 17 seats couldn't form govt,our decision making was slow. There were lapses in decision making: Vishwajit Rane

#10:00am: Failure on part of Cong leadership, cannot identify individual but there was a failure: Vishwajit Rane, Cong MLA on govt formation in Goa

#9:45am: Congress gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over issue of government formation in Goa & Manipur

#9:30am: Single largest party must be called to form govt, Governor has to act under constitution: Digvijay Singh, Cong

The Goa Governor has already invited the BJP-led alliance to form the government and the swearing-in is scheduled on Tuesday evening.

The Congress has taken umbrage to the Governor’s move of not inviting them as they are single largest party that has emerged in the Goa Legislative Assembly polls.

The Congress has 17 legislators followed by BJP with 13, Goa Forward Party and MGP with three each, three independents and NCP (one).

The party has also filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the appointment of Manohar Parrikar as chief minister. The apex court has fixed an urgent hearing at 11 am on Tuesday.

Read | Goa polls: Congress moves SC challenging Governor's decision to appoint Manohar Parrikar as CM

Meanwhile, the Congress party also made a representation to Governor on Monday night, asking her to invite them to form the government.

BJP remain confident of forming a government in Goa on Tuesday as Manohar Parrikar has already resigned from his coveted Defence Minister portfolio on Monday and is prepping to take oath for his former office at 5pm. 

According to party’s state president Vinay Tendulkar, along with Parrikar, eight other candidates will take oath Tuesday, including two winning candidates each from Goa Forward and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and two Independents.

Read | Have legitimacy, numbers to form govts in Manipur, Goa, asserts BJP; Congress says 'murder' of democracy

(With Inputs from PTI)

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First Published : 14 Mar 2017, 10:23:00 AM

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