Guv constitutionally right to invite largest coalition: Jaitley

SansadTV Bureau
New Delhi: Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley at Parliament.  Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley at Parliament.
Photo – PTI

With the BJP staking claim to form governments in Goa and Manipur, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the governor is constitutionally right in case of a hung verdict in inviting the leader of the majority coalition.

“In a hung assembly, if majority of the elected MLAs form a coalition, the Governor would be constitutionally right in inviting the leader of the majority coalition to form the government and prove their majority within a short period,” Jaitley tweeted.

In Goa, Governor Mridula Sinha invited Parrikar to form the next government after he submitted a letter of support from 21 legislators. Parrikar, who has resigned as Defence Minister, is set to take oath today.

Meanwhile, Congress party, which emerged as the largest party after the vote count on Saturday, have taken the battle to the Supreme Court challenging Governor Sinha’s decision.

The hurriedly filed petition late in the evening was mentioned at the residence of Chief Justice J S Kehar, who agreed to give an urgent hearing tomorrow.

A special bench would be constituted as the apex court is on Holi break for a week.

Imphal: N Biren Singh is greeted after he was elected at BJP legislature party leader in Imphal, March 13, 2017. Union Power Minister and BJP observer Piyush Goyal and HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar are also seen.  Photo - PTI

Imphal: N Biren Singh is greeted after he was elected at BJP legislature party leader in Imphal, March 13, 2017. Union Power Minister and BJP observer Piyush Goyal and HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar are also seen.
Photo – PTI

In Manipur too, the BJP has claimed numbers. Though it ended with 21 seats in a 60-member house, Congress won 28 seats. The NPP and the NPF have won four seats each, while the LJP and the Trinamool Congress have bagged one seat each.

Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla asked incumbent Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh of the Congress to submit his resignation, so that the process of formation of the next government can be started.

N Biren Singh was elected unanimously as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party and met Heptulla to stake claim to form the next government.

The BJP claimed that it enjoyed the support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member assembly.

(With inputs from the PTI)