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Parrikar takes a dig at Digvijaya over Goa; Cong, BJP clash

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji/Mumbai 

After winning the vote, Chief Minister today took a dig at the Congress's state in-charge Digvijaya Singh, saying his party lost out because he came to the coastal state "only to enjoy and not work."

Ahead of the vote, the general secretary had described Parrikar, who was sworn in on Tuesday, as a "48-hour chief minister" and oozed optimism that the Congress, the single largest party, will pull the rug from under BJP's feet during the floor test.

Parrikar took on Singh even as the and the again clashed over formation in and with the former being accused of using money power to lure regional parties and independents, a charge denied by the saffron party.

Parrikar said the leader had sought to create a hype over the situation in state as he was worried about losing his party post if he failed in the number game.

"Right from the beginning did not have the numbers and it was only a hype created by them possibly because there was a demand coming that Digvijaya should step down as General Secretary of the party, being the desk in-charge of Goa," Parrikar said.

"It happens when you come to only to enjoy, not to work," he quipped.

"We have proved to the people of India that we have support of 23 on the floor of the House debunking Digvijaya's claim that we don't have the numbers," he told reporters in Panaji.

Singh and other leaders had accused the of indulging in unfair means to cobble up the numbers to retain power in the state after it failed to get a simple majority.

He also alleged that Governor Mridula Sinha did not invite the to form the ministry despite it emerging as the single largest party.

Vice President Rahul Gandhi again charged the with "stealing" the mandate of people in and and forming governments in these states by using money power.

"The used money power in and They stole the mandate of the people...," Gandhi said while replying to a question by reporters on forming in as well as in

The leader was speaking on the sidelines of the swearing-in of Capt as Punjab Chief Minister at a function in Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu trashed the Congress' allegations that the used money power to form governments in and Manipur, terming them as "absurd".

Naidu hit back at the for questioning the over forming the governments despite not emerging as the single largest party there.

He stressed that the saffron party came to power "as per precedents" set in the past.

"Now after this massive victory (of the BJP) in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and even in Manipur, the is yet to learn lessons and is making absurd allegations.

"It could not find support to stake claim in Goa, Manipur," Naidu told reporters in Delhi.

The Information and Broadcasting Minister stated the formed governments in the two states after the failed to stake such claim.

"And when the has mobilised the support, other parties have started questioning... This is not acceptable in a democracy, it will be a mockery of democracy," he retorted.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari said the should not 'preach' 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," Gadkari told reporters in Mumbai responding to the Congress' claims of wrongdoing on BJP's part to come to power in the coastal state.

Rubbishing allegations of horse-trading, Gadkari conceded that ministerial berths were offered to the MLAs during negotiations to garner support. "No one is a sadhu-sanyasi in politics," he said.

"This (Parrikar being invited to form government, despite having less seats than Congress) is not against democracy. There have been many precedents of smaller parties coming together to form and not the largest party," the Shipping Minister said.

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

First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 19:23 IST