BJP and Allies Set to Form Government in Manipur

BJP and Allies Set to Form Government in Manipur

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today accused the BJP of undermining democracy by using money power in Goa and Manipur to buy MLAs in order to stake claim to form the government in the two states, which have thrown a hung verdict.

He also mentioned the case of the Arvind Kejriwal government in 2013, when the AAP leader got the opportunity to form the government with the help of Congress support despite BJP emerging as largest party but short of majority.

Infighting within the Congress was the reason that regional parties and independents chose to join hands with BJP, Parrikar said.

Goa Forward Congress leader Vijay Sardesai, who had three MLAs, made it clear that he would not support Luizinho as he was the one who had opposed pre-poll alliance with GFC. She said she would like Biren Singh to take a floor test.

This was also confirmed by Union minister and the BJP's election in-charge for Goa, Nitin Gadkari. "Congress has been protesting that it should have been invited by the governor of Goa to have its leaders sworn".

Parrikar has been asked to prove majority on the floor of the Goa Legislative Assembly "15 days after administration of oath of office and secrecy", a letter issued by Secretary to the Governor Rupesh Kumar Thakur said.

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While Congress didn't win the coastal state hands down, the mandate was more against the BJP with the outgoing chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar losing from his seat too.

"The debate between the largest single party lacking majority versus a combination of parties constituting a majority was answered by former President KR Narayanan in his communiqué in March, 1998 when he invited Atal Behari Vajpayee to form the government", Jaitley stated. Parrikar yesterday quit as the defence minister of India, a post he had been holding since November 2014 after first reshuffle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet.

The Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessed slugfest over government formation in Manipur and Goa, with the Congress alleging flouting of the democratic norms.

In Manipur, the BJP, which got 21 seats, has staked claim to form the government.

Congress MLAs are saying that they could have enlisted support of these two regional parties, only if the party high command had set the ball rolling earlier.

Meanwhile, the lone Nationalist Congress Party MLA Churchill Alemao, who has been a part of a Congress-led coalition government from 2007-12, has said he was keen to be a part of a government.

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