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Jaitley lashes out at Cong., calls its claims 'baseless'

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Adding on to his post on the Party 'complaining too much', Union Minister on Tuesday lashed out at the grand old party's claims of not being given an opportunity to form the in and Manipur, in spite of being the leading party in both the states.

Jaitley called the aforementioned claims 'baseless' and said that the MLAs have submitted letters to the Governer extending their support to the (BJP) in order to form the state

To this regard, Jaitley clarified that despite the being the single largest party with 17 seats in the 40-seat assembly, the has gathered 21 seats after the MLAs supported them, which is a clear indicator of the formation of a in the state.

"The has neither staked claim to form a nor elected its leader. It is difficult to understand the reason behind the party's retaliation," he said.

Commenting on the Supreme Court's verdict on the petition that was filed by the earlier this week, Jaitley supported the apex court's decision, stating that this would further prevent horse trading.

Speaking on Manohar Parrikar's swearing-in as the Chief Minister, Jaitley said that a procurement report has been filed with regards to expenses and management of safety measures.

"I will start off where Parrikar left," he added.

The recently concluded assembly elections in five states saw the taking centre stage in Punjab with 77 seats in the 117-seat assembly.

However, the established a clear majority in Uttar Pradesh, with 325 seats out of 403, and 57 seats out of 70 in Uttarakhand.

In and Manipur, although the was ahead, independent MLAs and other regional parties in the two states have announced to enter into an alliance with the BJP, thus giving them an opportunity to form the

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First Published: Tue, March 14 2017. 19:04 IST