Despite coming out of the elections as the single-largest party in the state, the Congress' failure to conjure an alliance led to the BJP forming a government under controversial circumstances.
Despite coming out of the elections as the single-largest party in the state, the Congress’ failure to conjure an alliance led to the BJP forming a government under controversial circumstances. Following the counting of votes owns March 11, it was seen that the Congress had won 17 seats and was just one short of a majority. The BJP meanwhile had 13, resulting in a hung assembly in the state. The Aam Aadmi Party, making its debut in the state failed miserably and could not even win a single seat. All they did manage was to win 6.3% of the vote shares while BJP led the way with 32. 5% and Congress came second with 28.3%. Following Congress’ failure, the BJP made alliances with the Goa Forward Party, who had 3 seats, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party with 3 seats and the two independent candidates to cross the halfway mark and form a government.
Here is how it all happened:
1) Despite rigorous campaigns, the AAP failed to win a single seat in Goa.
2) By vote shares, BJP led the way with 32.5%, while Congress sat second at 28.3%. Goa also topped the chart when it came to voters going for the NOTA(1.2%)
3) Although, the BJP could only manage 13 seats, while the INC topped the charts with 17
4) The Congress, though, still remained short of majority by just 1 seat
5) But its failure to conjure an alliance on time provided BJP with a window of opportunity.
6) The BJP, along with Goa Forward Party (3 seats), Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (3 seats), and 2 independent candidates formed an alliance and were ready to form a government.
7) Goa’s governor Mridula Sinha, then invited the leader of the legislative Party, Manohar Parrikar to form a government in Goa.
8) Controversies followed the invitation as Congress accused the BJP of undermining democracy and horse trading. Senior leaders of Congress, such as Digvijay Singh and party VP Rahul Gandhi alleged that money power had won over democracy.
9) The Congress had even gone to the Supreme Court to put a stay on the swearing-in-ceremony of Manohar Parrikar as the Chief Minister, which the SC declined to do but asked Parrikar to go through a floor test on March 16 to prove majority in the house. Manohar Parrikar was then sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Goa on March 14.
10) Parrikar goes to the Goa state Assembly today, March 16 for the floor test to prove his majority and stay in the government.
BJP has managed to form alliances and governments without coming out of the elections as a majority force in both Manipur and Goa and while the implications of such decisions on democracy is a topic for another time, it must be noted that such circumstances arise only due to Congress’ inability to act on time.