The Supreme Court hearing on Congress’ petition has begun. SC castigated the Congress party after it approached the apex court over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looking to form government in Goa despite not having enough MLAs in the assembly. The bench is headed by CJI Khehar has reportedly said that only the numbers should determine who should rule state. While the Congress won 17 seats, BJP managed to get 13 and it then got the support of Independents and other parties and approached the Governor to form the government. The Congress was slow in approaching the Governor Mridula Sinha and the BJP in the meanwhile managed to steal a march on it. Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi is appearing for the Congress while Harish Salve is the advocate for the BJP.
Congress has alleged during the hearing of the petition, that established Constitutional practices are being violated by BJP. Congress is also alleging that BJP is involved in horse trading – some 5-6 of Congress MLAs are allegedly looking to switch sides. Considering there was an inordinate delay by the Congress in moving ahead after the results were announced, SC asked Congress ‘why they did not approach the Governor of Goa over govt formation’. Apex court then added, ‘invitation subject to numbers, where are the numbers.” SC hit out at the Congress and asked why ‘it did not stake claim before.’
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To ensure the numbers game, and not it, decides the winner, Supreme Court has ordered a floor test in Goa, which would be held on Thursday at 11:00am. Apex court also hauled the Congress over the coals for dilly-dallying and not approaching the Governor with the numbers. It also added that Congress should have filed affidavits before the governor. Apex court says the Congress should have protested before the governor to put its point across. A scathing apex court had cracked the whip at the Congress very early in the hearing asking, “Why come to us? Why did you not go to Goa Governor?”
The Supreme Court however cleared the path for Manohar Parrikar to become the Chief Minister saying it will not stop the oath taking ceremony.
Bhartiya Janata Party has announced the then defence minister Manohar Parrikar the Chief Minister of Goa after the election results following which the minister had filed his resignation and had rushed to Goa. Parrikar’s swearing-in is scheduled to be held in Panaji at 5 PM on Tuesday.