Congress stakes claim to form governments in Goa, Manipur

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: File photo of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders at the Congress Working Committee meeting at 10 Janpath in New Delhi, Nov 20, 2017.  Photo - PTI

New Delhi: File photo of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders at the Congress Working Committee meeting at 10 Janpath in New Delhi, Nov 20, 2017.
Photo – PTI

Congress has staked claim to form government in Goa and Manipur, citing its strength as a single largest party after the results of last year’s assembly polls. The party also submitted letter to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha and Manipur’s Acting Governor Jagdish Mukhi seeking invite to prove majority in House.

On the other hand, the ruling BJP today described Congress’ move as a “stunt” and said that the opposition party’s “dream” to acquire power in the states will never be fulfilled.

Following developments in Karnataka, where the Governor invited BJP citing its strength as a single largest party, the Congress on Thursday had decided to stake claim to form governments in both the states.

In the Assembly elections held in March last year, the Congress had bagged 17 seats in the 40-member House in Goa, while in Manipur it had got 28 in a 60-member house.

In Goa, it fell short of the majority figure by four seats. The BJP, which got 14 seats, formed the government in alliance with Goa Forward Party and MGP, both of which had secured three seats each. Three Independents also went with the BJP.

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Meanwhile, the BJP has dismissed Congress party’s claims.

“The Congress had a chance to form the government after 2017 assembly results. But their legislators and party’s national leaders were busy enjoying stay at a hotel,” BJP state unit president Vinay Tendulkar said.

He said the Congress should have staked their claim to form government one and half year back after the outcome of the polls. “Why are they doing it now?” he said.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), one of the constituents of the BJP-led NDA government, dared the Congress to parade all the 16 MLAs of the party in public before meeting the governor.

“Do they have 16 MLAs with them? They should parade them before people before going to meet the governor,” he said.

The BJP-led government in Goa is headed by Manohar Parrikar, who is currently undergoing treatment in the US for a pancreatic ailment.

(With inputs from PTI)