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Cong should not sermonise us: Gadkari on govt formation in Goa

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Exulting over the winning the vote in the Assembly today, the said the Congress, which was outmanoeuvred in the coastal state, should not "preach" the saffron party on the formation exercise.

"There have been 50 incidents like this (formation). Madhu Koda was one such case in Jharkhand. Those who have carried out such experiments should not sermonise us, it is wrong," Union minister told reporters here, responding to queries on the Congress' claims of wrongdoing by the to come to power in

Rubbishing the allegations of horse-trading, Gadkari said ministerial berths were offered to the MLAs of other parties during negotiations to garner support. "No one is sadhu-sanyasi (saint) in politics," he said.

"This (Parrikar being invited to form government, despite securing less number of seats than the in the recently concluded Assembly polls) is not against democracy. There have been precedents of smaller parties coming together to form and not the largest party," the Union Shipping Minister said.

Gadkari termed Governor Mridula Sinha's decision to invite Parrikar to form the as "rational". "The Governor's decision was rational and was about who can provide a stable government," he added.

In an obvious reference to the Shiv Sena's barb that what happened in was a "murder of democracy", Gadkari said, "Where is the murder of democracy in this? Is it unconstitutional and undemocratic to take support of Independents? It is obvious (to offer

ministries)...Politicians want power. Every party wants power. When two parties come together, ministries are given."

He claimed that the in was divided on the issue of leadership. "They did not leverage on the opportunity and missed out. They neither met the Governor to show their numbers nor staked a claim to form

"They could not decide on a leader and missed the bus. They could not contact their high-command, the high-command could not decide. I do not want to comment on this.

"was not called (to form government) because they did not stake a claim. Even the Supreme Court questioned them about it," he added.

Gadkari claimed that the was "frustrated and disappointed" at not being able to form the in Goa, despite being "so close" and added that this had prompted the party to level such allegations.

"We should not take them (the allegations) seriously," the leader said.

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First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 18:28 IST