Lashing out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for government formation in Manipur and Goa despite finishing second in a split mandate, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday alleged that the saffron party used money to win power.
"We won the assembly polls in Manipur, Goa and Punjab. BJP used money for forming government in Goa and Manipur. They have stolen the government," Gandhi said after attending the swearing-in ceremony of Captain Amrinder Singh here.
16 MLAs opposed Parrikar's candidature as the Chief Minister, while one MLA was absent.
Parrikar, who stepped down as Defence Minister, was sworn-in as the chief minister of the coastal state for the fourth time on Tuesday evening, along with nine ministers.
But with the Congress challenging his appointment, citing Goa Governor Mridula Sinha did not follow the procedure as dictated by the Constitution, the Supreme Court earlier this week asked the test to be conducted today.
A special Assembly session was convened for the purpose.
Parrikar had claimed the support of 22 legislators, two more than the halfway mark in the 40-member Assembly.
The BJP bagged 13 seats in the polls, while it claimed the support of three MLAs each of the Goa Forward Party and Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party, besides three independents. The Congress won 17 seats.
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