1. It’s a case of BJP outsmarting the Congress, why blame Goa, Manipur governors

It’s a case of BJP outsmarting the Congress, why blame Goa, Manipur governors

With the BJP staking claim to form governments in Goa and Manipur, the legal experts are right in saying that governor is constitutionally right in case of a hung verdict in inviting the leader of the majority coalition.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 14, 2017 12:49 PM

With the BJP staking claim to form governments in Goa and Manipur, the legal experts are right in saying that governor is constitutionally right in case of a hung verdict in inviting the leader of the majority coalition.While Congress was caught napping, BJP acted fast, so what’s wrong in that. There is no point in Congress party crying hoarse about something they did not do. So the BJP has already won. It has the numbers which it effectively stitched up even before the Congress could realise. It is a case of one party outsmarting the other and not any illegal act.

“In a hung assembly, if majority of the elected MLAs form a coalition, the Governor would be constitutionally right in inviting the leader of the majority coalition to form the government and prove their majority on the floor of the house.

Even the Supreme Court after posing tough questions to Congress party send them back, and ordered floor test on Thursday. The Congress had won 28 seats in Manipur, followed by the BJP with 21. The NPP and the NPF have won four seats each, while the LJP and the Trinamool Congress have bagged one seat each.

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Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla asked incumbent Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh of the Congress to submit his resignation so that the process of formation of the next government can be started.

N Biren Singh was elected unanimously as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party. The BJP claimed that it enjoyed the support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member assembly.
In Goa, Governor Mridula Sinha invited Parrikar to form the next government after he submitted a letter of support from 21 legislators yesterday.

Parrikar, who has resigned as Defence Minister, will be sworn in as chief minister of Goa tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a miffed Congress moved the Supreme Court challenging Sinha’s decision. The hurriedly filed petition late in the evening was mentioned at the residence of Chief Justice J S Kehar on Monday to give an urgent hearing on Tuesday.

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