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No delay in electing CLP leader in Goa: Digvijaya

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi/Panaji 

Claiming that there was no delay in electing the Legislature Party leader, Digvijaya Singh today accused Governor Mridula Sinha of "acting against the Constitution" in not giving preference to the party to form the in the coastal state.

"There was no delay in electing a leader (of the Legislature Party) in By 3.30 pm (on March 12), we had decided on our leader and were trying to contact Vijay Sardesai (of Forward party), who had promised support to us at midnight (the intervening night of March 11 and 12).


"He (Sardesai) had set certain conditions, we had agreed to them and I had even made him contact at midnight. After we elected our leader, we contacted him, but by that time, he had had dealings with Nitin Gadkari," Singh told reporters outside Parliament.

Alleging that the Governor had acted against the Constitution, he said, "The Sarkaria Commission guidelines state that the single largest party should be given the first opportunity to form the government, and if it can't (form the government), then the second option should be exercised."

Sinha has drawn flak from the for inviting the BJP to form the in Goa, despite the saffron party winning only 13 of the 40 seats against the Congress' 17.

The saffron party stitched a post-poll alliance with the Forward Party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, NCP and a few Independent MLAs to form in BJP's Manohar Parrikar was sworn-in as the chief minister, who proved his majority in the Assembly yesterday.

A group of legislators in had blamed the party's top leadership for the failure to form in the coastal state, despite emerging as the single largest party.

Vishwajit Rane, who quit the after being elected, today blamed the top leadership of the party including Singh, the general secretary in-charge of the coastal state, for the "blunder" they committed.

He also claimed that the Forward Party had shown inclination to forge an alliance with the if Digambar Kamat was chosen as the CLP leader.

"But, the party took time to discuss the proposal and lost out on the opportunity to form the government," Rane said.

Meanwhile, referring to the Governor's "psychologist" remark, Singh said, "Now, a new qualification for a Governor is that he or she should be a psychologist."

In an interview to a newspaper, Sinha had said she was a psychologist and had studied and analysed Parrikar and his supporters who had come to meet her.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 18:32 IST
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