Congress on Tuesday issued a notice in Lok Sabha over the government formation in Goa and Manipur. Congress is clearly miffed over the fact that Manohar Parrikar is set to take oath as chief minister of Goa this evening even as Congress became the single largest party in the recently concluded assembly elections which threw up fractured verdict. The party also alleged that horse trading is going on in Manipur where BJP is in sound position to form the government. The BJP has also issued whip to party members directing them to be present in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday during the second leg of the Budget Session. This comes after the party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi secured unprecedented mandate in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand even as it is in sound position to form governments in Goa and Manipur.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear a petition moved by the Congress challenging Goa Governor Mridula Sinha’s decision to appoint BJP leader Manohar Parrikar as the Chief Minister of the state. After dramatic developments, Manohar Parrikar is set to take oath as the CM this evening. The swearing-in ceremony will be held in Panaji at 5 pm. Parrikar resigned as Defence Minister yesterday even as Union Minister Arun Jaitley was entrusted with the additional charge of the Defence Ministry. The petition was filed last evening was mentioned at the residence of Chief Justice J S Kehar, who agreed to give an urgent hearing on Tuesday. A special bench would be constituted as the apex court is on Holi break for a week. The petition filed by Goa CLP leader Chandrakant Kavlekar has sought stay on the swearing-in of Parrikar as the chief minister.
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The petition has also sought quashing of the decision of the governor to appoint Parrikar as the chief minister. The petition, filed by advocate Devdutt Kamath, is likely to be argued by senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi and has made the Centre and Goa as the parties. The Goa CLP leader has argued that the Congress emerged as the single largest party in the polls and under the constitutional convention, the Governor was bound to invite the single largest party to form the government and give it the opportunity to prove majority in the floor test.
(With agency inputs)