Congress stakes claim to form govt. in Goa

When BJP is unable to take a decision on replacing Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who was was shifted to AIIMS in Delhi and has been mostly spending in hospitals since last seven months, the Goa Congress today asked the Governor to dismiss the BJP-led government and staked claim to form the government.

In its letter to the Governor Mridula Sinha, the state Congress claimed that the Manohar Parrikar government was not functioning and asked for an invitation to form the government. The Congress has 16 MLAs in the 40 member house while the BJP has 14 and alliance partners MGP and Goa Forward Party have three MLAs each.

Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said that they hadn’t been able to meet the Governor today and will make another attempt tomorrow. He alleged that the government is not functioning despite being there. He demanded that the government should be dismissed and they should be given an opportunity,” Kavlekar.

He said that he had submitted two letters in the Raj Bhavan, which have been signed by all 16 MLAs. “We are the single largest party and we had requested that we should have been invited to form a government as a single largest party. We were not,” Kavlekar added.

The Congress had earlier written to the Goa Governor warning her against dissolving the legislative assembly as they had anticipated that the present dispensation, would try and dissolve the house. Though BJP tried to replace Parrikar with Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), leader Sudin Dhavalikar, by asking the party to merge with BJP. But, other supporting party Goa Forward Party (GFP) objected to it. Each party having three legislators. BJP is finding it difficult to find a suitable succissor to Parrikar, acceptable to all.

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