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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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.
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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.
(With Inputs from PTI)