Congress Legislative Party will meet in Panjim on Tuesday to chalk out strategy to counter the political situation that had arisen following Goa Governor Mridula Sinha’s decision to appoint Manohar Parrikar as the Chief Minister of the state. The crucial meeting will take place at Congress House. Apart from this a delegation of all Congress MLAs led by senior party leader Digvijaya Singh will meet the Governor. Manohar Parrikar is set to take oath as the CM this evening. The swearing-in ceremony will be held in Panaji at 5 pm.
The Congress yesterday also urged the Goa Governor to invite the party to form the next government by virtue of being the single largest party, a day ahead of swearing-in of BJP leader Manohar Parrikar as Chief Minister. In a memorandum submitted to the Governor tonight, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) claimed to have the requisite support and that they can prove the same on the floor of the House. The development came a day after the BJP members led by Parrikar formally staked the claim to form the next government, following which the Governor appointed Parrikar as the chief minister and asked him to prove majority in House within a fortnight of taking oath.
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“Despite losing the mandate of the people, our political opponents (BJP) have tried to misrepresent to your good-self that they enjoy the majority support of legislators. This is not only opportunism at its lowest but is also not constitutionally permissible,” Goa CLP Leader Chandrakant Kavlekar stated in the memorandum.
As per the new composition of Assembly post-polls, the Congress has 17 MLAs, the BJP 13, MGP 3, GFP 3, Independents 3, and NCP 1.Though the lone NCP MLA Churchill Alemao was yesterday said to have backed the BJP, he has not submitted the formal letter of support.
A petition was also filed by Congress against the Goa Governor’s decision to appoint Parrikar as the CM. The petition, which 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.
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)