The Goa assembly elections 2017 may have seen the emergence of the Congress as the largest political party in the state with 17 seats and the relegation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to number 2 status with 13 seats, but the saffron party is all set to form the government there. The reason behind this turn in fortunes, from a clear win to an also-ran, was because the BJP moved quickly and managed to steal a march on the ‘go-slow’ Congress. It transpires that the BJP quickly approached and won over a number of other parties as well as Independents and it approached the governor and staked claim to form the government. The speed of the BJP in approaching the Governor has won the day and this has even received the Supreme Court stamp of approval today. After Congress approached the apex court seeking to stop the BJP from forming the government in Goa alleging horse trading, the apex court had slammed the Congress asking it why it did not approach the Governor speedily. Apex court also cleared the way for BJP nominee former Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to be sworn-in as the next Goa chief minister. To be impartial, SC has also ordered the holding of a floor test in Goa assembly on Thursday at 11 AM.
Now, a clearly gleeful BJP has sought to turn the knife in Congress side with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari saying, “Congress was not able to choose a leader due to their internal tussle and they are blaming us for it.”
Justifying the BJP managing to shore up its numbers enough to get a majority in Goa, Gadkari added, “There was no horse-trading in Goa, had a discussion with non-BJP MLAs they had some conditions; support was unanimous.”
Other BJP leaders too have indicated that there was no wrongdoing on the part of the party in looking to stitch-up a majority in the state. They justified it by saying that Congress should be the last party to cry ‘wrongdoing’ as it has been using these methods since Independence to ring-in their governments into power in states often enough.
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That the BJP was determined to form the government in Goa, as well as Manipur, was clear on the day the results were outed by the Election Commission when its President Amit Shah addressed the media and said, “BJP will be forming government in not just Uttar Pradesh, but also in Goa and Manipur.” He had said this despite the fact that his party had been bested at the hustings by Congress.