The Supreme Court will be hearing the Congress’ Petition against the Rival Party BJP being invited to form the government in Goa despite winning fewer seats in the Assembly Election.
Congress will ask the court to stop Manohar Parrikar’s oath ceremony as Goa’s Chief minister, which is scheduled for 5 pm today.
The Goa Congress Petition to the Supreme Court says Governor Mridula Sinha’s decision to invite BJP to form the government is illegal as the single largest party should have been given the first chance.
The congress on Saturday won 17 seats whereas BJP won 13 in goa. Both were short of 21, which is the minimum number of seats required in 40 member Goa assembly to form Government.
The BJP moved swiftly to secure the support of regional parties Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party or MGP and Goa Forward and some Independent legislators and had by Sunday evening met the Governor to stake the claim. The new allies had one condition – the BJP’s Manohar Parrikar should be Chief Minister.
Mr Parrikar stated that he has resigned from the post of Defence Minister in Prime Minister’s cabinet to return to his home state.
He also said that BJP chief Amit Shah and Union Minister Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari would attend today’s oath Ceremony.
Senior Congress Leader P Chidambaram tweeted, “BJP is stealing elections in Goa, Manipur. The party that comes second has no right to form the government.”
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari retorted saying, “The Congress was busy in Goa with five to six candidates claiming leadership. So they did not have time to discuss with alliance partners.”