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Published: Wed, March 15, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

BJP-led NDA set to form govt in Manipur, Goa

BJP-led NDA set to form govt in Manipur, Goa

The Congress won 17 seats while the BJP came second with 13 in the election to the 40-member Goa Assembly.

The BJP claims it has support of 22 MLAs, including those from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Forward Party (GFP).

Another senior leader, Sheila Dikshit, said Congress should shed its feudalistic image and its members should share the blame for the party's defeat in UP. The smaller parties did not offer support the Congress because they were not sure how Congress would treat them.

The argument was elaborated by finance minister Arun Jaitley in a blog where he said the Congress's argument of not being invited to form the government in Goa was baseless as it was in minority.

There was even a secret ballot to select the CLP leader - an exercise results of which were incidentally kept a secret from the media and the party's junior MLAs.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will be the next chief minister in a Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Goa, federal Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari announced yesterday.

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The BJP's attempts to grab power in Goa and Manipur after the Assembly elections in both the states are morally, politically and legally wrong. "He (Manohar Parrikar) will prove majority in the Goa floor test. There will be changes in the Congress soon".

The Congress has complained in court and outside that though it had the most legislators, it was not asked by Governor Mridula Sinha to form the government illustrating blatant favouritism for the BJP.

The move followed the newly-elected BJP legislators passing a resolution demanding the return of Parrikar as chief minister.

Congress MLAs are saying that they could have enlisted support of these two regional parties, only if the party high command had set the ball rolling earlier. When I tweeted this, I was accused by a Congress spokesperson of justifying horse-trading and the failure of the governor to invite the single largest party to form a government.

Meanwhile, the lone Nationalist Congress Party MLA Churchill Alemao, who has been a part of a Congress-led coalition government from 2007-12, has said he was keen to be a part of a government.

Joykumar, who served as the former director general of police at a time when hundreds of extra-judicial killings allegedly took place in the state under the Congress regime, joined the BJP, only leave to it in the run up to the assembly polls after he was denied a ticket from the Uripok constituency.

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