Hours after the Supreme Court took the Congress party to task for not approaching the Governor of Goa to form the government in that state and thereby allowing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to move in and stake claim instead, it has now emerged that the Congress had actually made the first approach but had not been able to actually meet Governor Mridula Sinha. Failure to meet the Governor had left the Congress, which has 17 MLAs in the assembly to BJP’s 13 trying to play catch up as the Amit Shah led party successfully managed to patch up a majority after winning supporters from other parties and independents. The move won approval from the Governor enough for her to invite former Union Defence Minister and BJP leader Manohar Parrikar, who had in the meanwhile given up his post in the Centre, to take oath of office as chief minister at 5 p.m. today.
Making the surprising and quite a big revelation was Congress leader in state was Luizinho Falerio who said, “We wrote to her (Goa Governor) on 12th, we came to the office, but was told as it’s a holiday, it’s closed.” So we have told all
Faleiro added, “So we have told all like minded MLAs and parties that we are ready to sacrifice, please join us”. Faleiro also made it clear that he was not saying anything against the senior Congress leaders by further adding, “Sonia ji is a rare example of sacrifice in a democratic world, she had a chance to be PM twice but she chose Dr Singh.”
Congress leader Digvijay Singh had earlier dubbed Supreme Court’s decision to hold a floor test on Thursday as a great victory for the party. Earlier today, Robert Vadra had taken a dig at Bhartiya Janata Party and had said that BJP is bent upon defeating the mandate of the people in both the states – Goa and Manipur by trying to adopt new procedures to abolish the already established constitutional practice. Congress MLA Vishwajit Rane however had accepted Congress’ fault in the delay and had blamed the Congress leadership for the slow proceedings.