A day after results showed hung Assembly in Goa, it is still not clear either of which party among BJP or Goa will be able to form Government in the state. While Congress is the single largest party with 17, BJP is placed second with 13 seats in the 40-member Assembly.
Rejecting reports that it was in talks to BJP for the formation of the state government, the Goa Forward Party has issued a statement saying it has not yet decided on which of the two parties it is likely to support. However, both GFP and MGP have come in support of Manohar Parrikar be made chief minister. The party also said that if needed it was ready to sit in the Opposition.
Earlier there were reports that the party as well as some independent MLAs were in talks with saffron party for the formation of the next government. Meanwhile the new BJP MLAs have written a letter to party president Amit Shah, requesting Manohar Parrikar to be made the chief minister of the state.
Speaking on Goa results yesterday, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said that things were not all dark for the party.
The BJP has been running neck and neck against the Congress party which has made surprisingly good gains despite being drubbed everywhere except in Punjab where the victory (it won 77 seats out of 117) was ascribed more to Captain Amarinder Singh’s efforts than the campaigns of party Vice President Rahul Gandhi.
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In Goa, the BJP was not able to strategise or deploy the charismatic energy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi or his strategist, party president Amit Shah and this allowed the Congress to claw itself back from a certain losing position as seen ahead of counting day. In Goa, the BJP has won just 13 of 17 seats and finds itself in a minority. However, the hope that Parrikar was talking about were in the form of the 10 independent candidates who had won. Clearly, he was saying that the BJP would be approaching them to bolster its count and take it past that of the Congress.