Congress walks out of Goa Assembly during Guv’s address

RSTV Bureau
Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar with Pramod Sawant (C), BJP MLA from Sanquelim, who was elected as the speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar with Pramod Sawant (C), BJP MLA from Sanquelim, who was elected as the speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. PTI Photo

The Congress kept up its protest against the formation of the BJP-led government in Goa on Thursday. The Opposition party walked out of the Goa Assembly during the customary address by Governor Mridula Sinha.

“It was a murder of democracy when the Governor refused us an opportunity to form the government,” Leader of the Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said when Sinha stood up to read out her address.

We were not allowed to form the government despite having the numbers on our side,” he added.

Congress MLAs alleged that the Governor deliberately did not invite the party to form the government after it emerged as the largest bloc in the hung house.

The MLAs wore black bands to the Assembly as a mark of protest.

However, even though all Congress legislators walked out of the house, the Governor continued with her customary address.

In the Assembly polls, Congress won 17 seats relegating the BJP to the second position with 13 in the 40-member House.

However, the saffron party struck an alliance with regional outfits and independents to cross the half-way mark and form the government under Manohar Parrikar, who quickly resigned as the union defence minister to be elected as the legislature head of the party in Goa.

(With inputs from PTI)