Amid much political name-calling, Manipur
Governor Najma Heptulla on Tuesday invited the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form a government on Wednesday. N Biren Singh would be sworn-in as chief minister in the afternoon.
In Goa, Manohar Parrikar, who had quit as defence minister on Monday, was sworn-in as the chief minister by Governor Mridula Sinha.
The Supreme Court asked the governor of Goa
to hold a floor test in the Assembly on Thursday to determine majority. It refused the request of the Congress
to hold back the swearing-in of the new government headed by Parrikar.
protested in the Lok Sabha. Later, Congress
Vice-President Rahul Gandhi
accused the Goa
governor of having acted in a partisan manner and said the BJP
had stolen the mandate. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is also a noted constitutional lawyer, said: “Congress
party complains too much.”
Jaitley said there were several precedents that supported the decision of the governor. He said in view of the claims of 21 legislators led by Parrikar, the governor could not have invited the minority grouping — of 17 legislators of the Congress
— to form a government.
In the Goa
Assembly polls, the BJP
won 13 seats and the Congress
17 in a House of 40. The BJP
staked claim to form the government on the basis of support from eight other members of the legislative assembly (MLAs). Governor Sinha invited Parrikar to form the government after he produced a letter of support of the 21 MLAs.
In Panaji, the newly elected Congress
legislators met Governor Sinha and argued they be given an opportunity to form the government.
In New Delhi, the Congress
vice-president told reporters that in Manipur
and Goa, the two states where the Congress
won, “democracy has been undermined by them (BJP) using financial power, money.”
Jaitley countered that the Congress
didn’t even stake claim in Goa, how then could it be invited to form the government with 17 legislators.
In the Supreme Court, senior counsel for BJP
Harish Salve argued that the Goa
governor was convinced that Parrikar had the support of three Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party legislators and three from the Goa
Forward Party. In addition, there were two Independents supporting the BJP.
Therefore, the BJP
had 21 legislators, forming a majority in the House. The governor had announced a floor test within 15 days. The Supreme Court judges observed the Congress
should have “run” to the governor immediately after the results were declared. They also remarked that the Congress
has not based its pleadings with hard evidence on the number of legislators supporting it.
In Imphal, four Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislators met Governor Najma Heptulla and extended their support to the BJP.
The NPF is a constituent of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. Earlier, four National People’s Party legislators had extended their support to the BJP.
has claimed the support of 32 MLAs, including its 21, in the 60-member Assembly. A BJP
delegation had met the governor on Sunday with 21 MLAs, four NPP MLAs, one MLA each from LJP and TMC and a Congress
MLA. The Congress
won 28 seats in Manipur, emerging as the single largest party.