Parrikar Wins Goa Trust Vote, One Congress MLA Skips Vote

Cheryl Sanders
March 19, 2017

Put on the dock for the party's undoing in mustering support for formation of Government in Goa, Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh on Friday alleged that there was a "sabotage by party leaders" which frustrated his alliance proposal with Goa Forward Party.

In another jolt to Congress, its MLA first abstains voting, then quits The Manohar Parrikar government on Thursday proved its majority on the floor of the Goa Assembly by winning the trust vote with the support of 22 legislators in the 40-member House.

And yet, Governor Najma Heptullah chose to invite the BJP rather than Okram Ibobi Singh, the three-time Chief Minister who had been elected as the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) on Sunday afternoon, to form the government.

Though Congress became the single largest party in assembly election, BJP got the support of other smaller parties to form the government in Goa.

In the interview, he said, the Governor said she did not accept BJP to form the government and she had called Jaitley at 2130 hours on Sunday night before inviting BJP to form the government. Parrikar stepped down as defence minister, and took oath as the chief minister of the coastal state for the fourth time on March 14, Tuesday. Given the fact that Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) has a love-hate relationship with BJP, Congress should have swiftly closed the deal with GFP.

Well, it's on how a future can still be eked out that Aiyar recommended that the Congress Vice President adopt Sonia Gandhi "pragmatism" which yielded them the UPA coalition and a decade of rule in the Centre, and survive against the rise and tidal onslaught of the alternative idea that the BJP represented. Faleiro said that the Congress party will work together at booth, block and district level to defeat BJP and emerge victorious in the next state assembly election.

According to GFP leader Vijai Sardesai, Congress never appeared a cohesive unit with too many "former chief ministers squabbling for the chief minister's post" The Congress' indecision and disunity was the main reason behind GFP's decision, says Sardesai.

Mr Rane submitted his resignation to Goa Legislative Assembly Pro-tem Speaker Sidharth Kuncalienkar after floor test. "I will contest the polls again", Vishwajit Rane said yesterday. "How can a governor take the plea of seeking the permission of a cabinet minister?" he asked.

In the Rajya Sabha, Congress member Digvijaya Singh described Sinha's action as "a gross constitutional impropriety". Given the damage done to the party's reputation over the last four days, the state Congress chief was keen to show that it was still competent.

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