Congress stakes claim to government formation in Goa after death of BJP MLA

The Hush Post | 9:05 pm | One-minute read |

In a major political development, the Congress has laid claim to government formation in Goa. In a letter written to Governor Mridula Sinha, the Congress has asked that the Manohar Parrikar government be dismissed as it doesn’t have the required majority in the Goa Assembly.

The Congress move follows the demise of BJP MLA Francis D’Souza. Congress has told the Governor that it is the single largest party in the House now.

The Congress also warned the Governor of imposing the President’s rule saying “any attempt to bring Goa under President’s rule will be illegal & will be challenged.”

Meanwhile, the BJP has called an emergency meeting of its legislators.

Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar wrote to the Governor, “The Parrikar government has lost majority after the death of a BJP MLA. Hence, the Parrkiar government be dismissed and the largest single party in the House should be called for government formation.”

The Congress was the single largest party with 17 MLAs after the 2017 Goa assembly election results. But the party lost three MLAs to the BJP.

Vishwajit Rane was the first Congress MLA to quit. He joined the BJP and was made a minister before he was reelected. Rane was followed by Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte.

The strength of Goa Assembly has reduced from 40 to 37 after the death of D’Souza and resignation of Shirodkar and Sopte.

While the Congress currently has 14 MLAs, down from 17 the BJP has 13 MLAs.

Three MLAs each of the Goa Forward Party and the MGP, 2 Independents and a lone NCP legislator are supporting the BJP.

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