Goa Congress says Parrikar Govt in minority, hence staked claim
The opposition Congress on Tuesday, September 18 said that it was right in staking its claim to form the government in Goa, as the Manohar Parrikar-led coalition government was “already in a minority”
A day after staking claim to form a new government in Goa, the opposition Congress on Tuesday said that it was right in doing so as the Manohar Parrikar-led coalition government was "already in a minority".
Uncertainty prevails in Goa as Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer, is away from Goa for treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, even as the BJP high command is trying to find an alternative in Parrikar's absence. Some BJP allies are demanding a bigger role in government and even eyeing the Chief Minister's chair.
"The BJP-led coalition government is in a minority. We have asked for an appointment with the Governor. We have the right to stake claim to form the government," Goa Congress legislative party spokesperson Aleixo Reginaldo told reporters.
Goa Congress leaders are expected to meet Governor Mridula Sinha on Tuesday evening.
What queers the pitch in the numbers game, however, is the health condition of three BJP MLAs—Parrikar, Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza, also undergoing treatment for cancer and Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar who is bed-ridden after suffering a brainstroke some months back
The Congress is the single largest party in the 40-member Goa Assembly with 16 MLAs, while the BJP with 14 MLAs is supported by three members each of Goa Forward and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, the lone Nationalist Congress Party legislator and three Independents.
What queers the pitch in the numbers game, however, is the health condition of three BJP MLAs—Parrikar, Urban Development Minister Francis D'Souza, also undergoing treatment for cancer and Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar who is bed-ridden after suffering a brainstroke some months back.
Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar on Monday visited the Raj Bhavan and submitted a letter signed by all 16 Congress MLAs to Sinha's office and demanded that she should not dissolve the Assembly and thus pave the way for fresh elections.