Ibobi quits as Manipur CM, BJP stakes claim

Posted March 15, 2017

Parrikar was administered the oath of office by the governor in Panaji on Tuesday.

While the Congress is accusing the BJP of "subverting democracy" and "nullifying people's mandate" by staking claim to form new governments in Manipur and Goa before it could do so as the single-largest party, many, within and outside the Congress, are questioning its own failure to seize the opportunity.

Differences also erupted within the Congress on how the Goa issue had been handled.

With this, the BJP which has won 13 seats has cobbled up the requisite number needed to reach the magic figure in the 40-member House which had thrown up a hung verdict, though the Congress has emerged the single largest party with 17 seats.

He also said, that "We have an ideological fight with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and we will continue to fight against them". Parrikar has to prove his majority in the Assembly on Thursday, as directed by the Supreme Court. In both states, the BJP is at an advantage because the governors are pliable and the power and pelf that go with being in power at the Centre helped the party in its efforts to form governments.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday requested Goa Governor Mridula Sinha to hold a floor test in the Assembly on March 16 for parties to prove their majority. Biswajit Singh, who joined the party in 2015 from the All India Trinamool Congress, and was the BJP's lone MLA in the last assembly, will be the deputy chief minister.

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Earlier in the day, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi debunked exit polls predicting a win for BJP in UP. The Samajwadi Party and Congress will get enough seats to form the government.

Independent candidate Rohan Khaunte, backed by the Congress, won in Porvorim seat taking the party's tally to 18.

The argument was elaborated by finance minister Arun Jaitley in a blog where he said the Congress's argument of not being invited to form the government in Goa was baseless as it was in minority.

Senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for the BJP, argued that the governor was convinced that Manohar Parrikar had the support of three Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party legislators and three from Goa Forward Party. Therefore, BJP had 21 legislators, which formed the majority in the House and that's why the governor had announced floor test within 15 days. "No one has stopped them (Congress) from approaching Governor with the majority support".

Prospects of a stable government, development of Goa and ideals of Goenkarpon (interest of Goa) made the allies team up with the BJP.

Besides the humiliating defeat of Parsekar, who lost by over 7,000 votes, six BJP ministers too were trounced.