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Rajnath dismisses Rahul's 'stealing mandate' charges

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Union Home Minister today dismissed as "baseless" leader Rahul Gandhi's allegations that was using money to form governments in and

He was responding to a query on vice president's charges that the saffron party was "stealing" the mandate of people and "undermining democracy" in and by use of money power.

"These all are baseless allegations," Singh told reporters outside the Parliament.

"He (Manohar Parrikar) will prove majority in the (Goa) floor (test). He will move the confidence motion within few days," he said.

Earlier, Gandhi said, "In the two states where we won, democracy has been undermined by them (BJP) using financial power, money. That is what is happening. The mandate of the people of and has been stolen by the "

He also alleged that Goa Governor Governor Mridula Sinha was acting in a "partisan" manner and that a letter was issued in favour of Parrikar even before staked its claim.

In the recently held Assembly elections in Goa, bagged 13 seats while Congress got 17 seats. However, BJP staked claim to form the government in the state on the basis of support from 8 other MLAs. Goa Assembly has a strength of 40.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court refused to stay the swearing-in of Parrikar as the Chief Minister of Goa and ordered a floor test on March 16.

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First Published: Tue, March 14 2017. 18:33 IST