Goa Congress again stakes claim to form govt.

Two days after its legislative party leader Chandrakant Kavlekar written a letter to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, staking claim to form the government, being the single largest party in the state assembly, against its MLAs today met her and stakes claim.

MLAs meeting Governor gains significance following the demise of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, as the strength of BJP fallen to 12 in the state assembly, where Congress is having a strength of 14 members.

All the 14 Congress MLAs, led by Leader of the Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, went to Raj Bhawan and handed over a letter to Sinha, saying it was the single largest party in the Assembly and should be allowed to form the government.

“We are saddened by the chief minister’s demise, but before his final rites are performed, a new government has to be formed…The governor has acknowledged that the Congress is the single largest party and she said she will get back to us,” Kavlekar told reporters here.

The opposition party had earlier written to Sinha, staking claim to form the government on Friday and then again on Sunday.

Before heading to the Raj Bhawan, Kavlekar said, “We are a majority party in the House and still have to struggle to get the appointment. We demand that we be invited to form the government under the circumstances where the (BJP-led) government does not exist after Parrikar’s demise,” he said.

Asked about the possibility of the Assembly being kept in suspended animation, he said, “When the Congress is staking claim, that question does not arise.”

The strength of the House has now been reduced to 36 due to the demise of BJP MLA Francis D’Souza earlier this year and Parrikar on Sunday and resignations of two Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte last year. The Goa Forward Party (GFP), the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) have three MLAs each, while the NCP has one. There are three independents as well. The GFP, the MGP and Independents were part of the Parrikar-led government.

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