Congress alleges Rs. 1000 cr payoff to lure MLAs in Goa

Cheryl Sanders
March 16, 2017

The floor test of BJP-led Goa government, headed by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, is expected to be a smooth affair today as the combine is confident of the numbers at its command in the 40-member House.

The Congress filed a plea on Monday to stay the swearing-in ceremony - scheduled for Tuesday - and order a floor test.

Congress' 16 MLAs voted against while one was absent.

The BJP had bagged 13 seats in the polls, while it claims support of three MLAs each of the Goa Forward Party and Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party, besides three independents.

On the question of electing a deputy chief minister, Parrikar said theirs was a coalition government and the coalition would have to decide on the name.

Born in Mapusa, Goa Parrikar completed his graduation in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1978.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Manohar Parrikar after he was sworn-in. He was picked because of his administrative and organisational skills. Congress had won 17 seats. "But that did not happen", he said referring to the Bharatiya Janata Party's move to stake claim to form the governments in Goa and Manipur.

"We requested the governor that the Congress be given an opportunity to form the government". Yes, we agree that BJP is on the rise but these fortunes change. "I heartily congratulate him for this and also appeal to all political parties, people of Bihar and all those working for society to support his prohibition campaign", the Prime Minister had said.

The Congress leader said in Punjab as well as other states, it is the regional leaders who fought elections and won.

On the Congress approaching the Supreme Court saying they had the first right to form government by virtue of being the largest party, Parrikar said, "the court had specifically told them (Congress) to go to governor if they have majority with them".

Manohar Parrikar government won the floor test in Goa Assembly by 22-16.

Speaking to reporters at party state headquarters in the city after attending the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting, All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary and Goa Desk In-Charge Digvijaya Singh said, "We had requested her excellency Goa Governor Mridula Sinha for an appointment at 1030 hrs".

"We must respect the people's mandate".

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