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BJP used money for forming govt. in Goa, Manipur: Rahul Gandhi

ANI  |  Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] 

Lashing out at the (BJP) for formation in and despite finishing second in a split mandate, vice-president on Thursday alleged that the saffron party used money to win power.

"We won the assembly polls in Manipur, and used money for forming in and They have stolen the government," Gandhi said after attending the swearing-in ceremony of Captain Amrinder Singh here.

Gandhi also thanked the people of for showing faith in the and assured to work for the state tirelessly.

He also expressed gratitude to the people of Goa and for their love and support to the and congratulated the party workers and leaders in both states.

Meanwhile, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who faced the crucial floor test today in the Goa Assembly, established victory as 22 MLAs stood in his support.

16 MLAs opposed Parrikar's candidature as the Chief Minister, while one 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 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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First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 12:57 IST