After many senior Congress leaders like P Chidambaram and Digvijay Singh attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party for claiming to form a government in Manipur and Goa despite Congress being the single largest party, now the businessman and husband of Priyanka Gandhi, Robert Vadra has also jumped into the debate. Unlike other leaders, Vadra took to social media to express his anger. He posted a status on Facebook where he accused BJP of defeating the people’s mandate by using new procedures.
He said that BJP is abolishing the well-established constitutional practice which gives the single largest party in the state, the right to form the government. However, Congress has been denied that opportunity. He said in both Manipur as well as Goa, Congress emerged as the largest single party and should have been given the opportunity to form the government. His Facebook post read as:
‘BJP is bent upon defeating the Mandate of the people, ( both in #Goa & #Manipur),by trying to adopt new procedures to abolish the well-established constitutional practice, of first granting a chance to the single largest party in the states, to form the Govt (by proving its majority on the floor of the house). In both the states, congress has clearly emerged as the single largest party ( #Manipur 28/60, #Goa 17/40), and should be first given the invitation to form the Govt. #BJP’s hunger to form Govts will prove to be very unhealthy for our democracy, in times to come.’
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The counting of votes for 5 state assemblies: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab took place on 11th March. Interestingly, BJP got a historic 325 seats in UP along with getting a clear majority in Uttarakhand. Congress won Punjab convincingly but neither parties got a clear mandate in Goa and Punjab leaving both the assemblies hanging.