Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday will face floor test in the Assembly, barely two days after BJP-led government was sworn in following the election result which threw up fractured mandate.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday will face floor test in the Assembly, barely two days after BJP-led government was sworn in following the election result which threw up fractured mandate. The floor test will be conducted as per the Supreme Court direction. No doubt it will be a litmus test for Parrikar and BJP even as the floor test is expected to be a smooth affair as the combine is confident of the numbers at its command. But situation can change drastically during the floor test. The IIT alumnus had stepped down as Defence Minister and made a ‘home-coming’ as the Goa Chief Minister for the fourth time. The Assembly session will begin at 11 am.
Who all are supporting
Parrikar, who was sworn-in along with nine ministers on Tuesday evening, has the support of 22 legislators, two more than the halfway mark of 20 in the 40-member Assembly. But things can change drastically during the floor test. Parrikar. however, has maintained that he is confident of proving the majority on the support given to him by his alliance partners – Goa Forward Party (GFP), Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Independents.
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What led to the current situation
Parrikar was sworn in by Governor Mridula Sinha yesterday. Parrikar, whose party has 13 MLAs, had staked claim to form the government on Sunday mustering the support of the GFP and MGP besides two Independents, which together took the tally of the combine to 21. Another Independent MLA had extended his support to the coalition yesterday, raising its number to 22.
Congress had approached Supreme Court expressing reservation over Parrikar’s searing-in. The apex court had rejected the plea and directed that a floor be held to resolve the issue.
After being sworn-in as the Chief Minister, Parrikar exuded confidence that his government would be stable and run the full five year term. “Let everyone be very clear that this government will last for its full tenure,” he said. “I agree the mandate is fractured. But if every fraction of the fractured mandate comes together, we will become 22. This is bringing together post-election coalition and the lead has been taken by regional parties, not me,” he said.
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Meanwhile, Parrikar today took office and held a series of meetings with bureaucrats to prepare for the state budget.
Parrikar was sworn-in on Tuesday evening along with his two party MLAs – Francis D’Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar. Among the allies who took oath along with Parrikar were Ramakrishna alias Sudin Dhavalikar and Manohar Asgaonkar (both MGP), Vijai Sardesai, Jayesh Salgaoncar and Vinod Palyekar (all GFP), and Independents Rohan Khaunte and Govind Gawade.
NCP MLA Churchill Alemao, who had initially assured support to the coalition government, has not yet given his letter to Parrikar.
BJP MLA from Panaji, Sidharth Kuncalienkar has been appointed as Protem Speaker for Goa Assembly Floor test.
The Congress, which emerged as the single largest party in the state polls, had alleged that Governor Mridula Sinha did not give the party a chance to form the government. Ahead of the floor test, the Congress, on the other hand refused to comment on their strategy asking people to “wait and watch.”
“You wait and watch. I will not comment anything right now,” Congress Legislature Party Leader Chandrakant Kavlekar told PTI. Led by Kavlekar, all the 17 party MLAs had called upon the Governor yesterday seeking an invitation to the Congress to form the government, but failed to get any assurance from her.
(With agency inputs)