Manohar Parrikar is set to take as oath as the chief minister of Goa today after the Bharatiya Janata Party cobbled a coalition to form a government in the state even as the Congress cried foul.
Congress has challenged the Governor’s decision in the Supreme Court. The court has agreed to set up a special bench for an urgent hearing.
The top court today has asked both parties to name the leader who can be an interim speaker and indicates on holding a floor test on Thursday at 11 am.
The SC told the Congress counsel that “you should have stood on dharna to point out the wrongdoing. A layman would have taken 21 persons with him.”
The apex court also refused to stay the oath taking by Manohar Parrikar and urged that the swearing in can go on today. Parrikar gets 48 hours to prove majority instead of 15 days.
Congress alleged that the Governor has disregarded the established constitutional practice of inviting the single largest party in a hung assembly .
“I have tendered my resignation as defence minister and have sent it to the PMO. I will be taking the oath (as Goa chief minister) tomorrow evening, along with the cabinet ministers,” Parrikar told PTI.
“The decision on the number of ministers and other issues are being currently worked out. Once the cabinet is finalised, we will inform the media,” Parrikar said earlier.
Goa governor Mridula Sinha invited Parrikar to form the next government after he submitted a letter of support from 21 legislators on Sunday.
The BJP, which came second by winning 13 seats in the 40-member assembly managed to garner support from other parties and Independents to attain majority and derail the Congress, which had emerged as the largest party with 17 seats.
Three MLAs from the Goa Forward Party, three from the MGP and two Independents have pledged their support to Parrikar. The lone NCP MLA was also claimed to have extended support.
As the BJP check-mated the Congress, the grand old party was left fuming.
Congress leader, Digvijay Singh, who is in charge of Goa, lashed out at the BJP, suggesting that the party misused money to subvert democracy.
“Money Power has won over People’s Power. I apologise to the People of Goa as we couldn’t muster the support to form the Government ” he tweeted