Supreme Court directs floor test on March 16

Trevor Jackson
March 15, 2017

In 2012, a year prior to Narendra Modi's elevation as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, the party was in power in six states.

Manohar Parrikar has been sworn in as chief minister in Goa and N Biren Singh, leader of the BJP legislature party, has been invited by the governor in Manipur to form the government.

Biren Singh, a former minister in the Congress government who defected to the BJP last October, was elected the BJP's legislative party chief on March 13.

The court took on record the governor's letter showing the support of three members of MGP, three of GFP and two independents to the BJP, taking its strength to 21 in the House of 40.

Congress did well in assembly elections by winning in Punjab and putting itself in an apparently winning position in Goa and Manipur although it lost in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

India's main opposition party Congress suffered another jolt after failing to secure four out of five state elections, as the Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected its petition to stay the swearing-in of the new BJP government in Goa. Salve: "They [Congress] are saying you [BJP] are a very powerful party and you can manipulate a majority".

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"The BJP has been involved in horse-trading, promising sums, ministries, corporations and SUVs to the non-BJP MLAs to get their support", Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh alleged.

Prospects of a stable government, development of Goa and ideals of Goenkarpon (interest of Goa) made the allies team up with the BJP.

The Congress has blamed the BJP for "stealing the mandate" - it has won 28 seats, seven more than the BJP, and hoped to form government with support from one Left, one Trinamool and one independent MLA. But surely this is not about running the race to the Raj Bhawan faster - speed can not be the overriding or pressing consideration for the governor while assessing a party's claim to form government.

Notably, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar bit the dust in Mandrem and submitted his resignation to Governor Mridula Sinha after his party finished way behind the simple majority mark. Neither did the Congress, since the poll results were announced on March 11, call on the Governor to prove its majority nor had it led arguments or place any record before the SC to prove that Mr. Parrikar did not enjoy the majority. Parrikar will take oath later today. A minister said Parrikar had to resign from his current post if he was to lead Goa.

"I appreciate Parrikar's deep commitment and love for the soil of Goa, but he should be sporting enough to accept the fact that the BJP has received drubbing under his leadership", he said. The Justice M.M. Punchhi Commission on Centre-State Relations in 2010 laid down some guidelines to be followed in the appointment of a chief minister by a governor.

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