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Setback for Congress in Goa and Manipur

BJP to form govt in Manipur on Wednesday; SC denies Congress plea to stay Parrikar swearing-in

Archis Mohan & MJ Antony  |  New Delhi 

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Goa’s new Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar during the swearing-in ceremony in Panaji on Tuesday. Photo: PTI

Amid much political name-calling, 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 to hold a floor test in the Assembly on Thursday to determine majority. It refused the request of the to hold back the swearing-in of the new government headed by Parrikar.

The protested in the Lok Sabha. Later, Vice-President accused the governor of having acted in a partisan manner and said the had stolen the mandate. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is also a noted constitutional lawyer, said: “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 — to form a government. 

In the Assembly polls, the won 13 seats and the 17 in a House of 40. The 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 legislators met Governor Sinha and argued they be given an opportunity to form the government. 

In New Delhi, the vice-president told reporters that in and Goa, the two states where the won, “democracy has been undermined by them (BJP) using financial power, money.”

Jaitley countered that the 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 Harish Salve argued that the governor was convinced that Parrikar had the support of three Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party legislators and three from the Forward Party. In addition, there were two Independents supporting the  

Therefore, the 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 should have “run” to the governor immediately after the results were declared. They also remarked that the 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 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 The has claimed the support of 32 MLAs, including its 21, in the 60-member Assembly. A delegation had met the governor on Sunday with 21 MLAs, four NPP MLAs, one MLA each from LJP and TMC and a MLA. The won 28 seats in Manipur, emerging as the single largest party.

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Setback for Congress in Goa and Manipur

BJP to form govt in Manipur on Wednesday; SC denies Congress plea to stay Parrikar swearing-in

BJP to form govt in Manipur on Wednesday; SC denies Congress plea to stay Parrikar swearing-in
Amid much political name-calling, 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 to hold a floor test in the Assembly on Thursday to determine majority. It refused the request of the to hold back the swearing-in of the new government headed by Parrikar.

The protested in the Lok Sabha. Later, Vice-President accused the governor of having acted in a partisan manner and said the had stolen the mandate. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is also a noted constitutional lawyer, said: “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 — to form a government. 

In the Assembly polls, the won 13 seats and the 17 in a House of 40. The 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 legislators met Governor Sinha and argued they be given an opportunity to form the government. 

In New Delhi, the vice-president told reporters that in and Goa, the two states where the won, “democracy has been undermined by them (BJP) using financial power, money.”

Jaitley countered that the 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 Harish Salve argued that the governor was convinced that Parrikar had the support of three Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party legislators and three from the Forward Party. In addition, there were two Independents supporting the  

Therefore, the 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 should have “run” to the governor immediately after the results were declared. They also remarked that the 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 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 The has claimed the support of 32 MLAs, including its 21, in the 60-member Assembly. A delegation had met the governor on Sunday with 21 MLAs, four NPP MLAs, one MLA each from LJP and TMC and a MLA. The won 28 seats in Manipur, emerging as the single largest party.

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Setback for Congress in Goa and Manipur

BJP to form govt in Manipur on Wednesday; SC denies Congress plea to stay Parrikar swearing-in

Amid much political name-calling, 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 to hold a floor test in the Assembly on Thursday to determine majority. It refused the request of the to hold back the swearing-in of the new government headed by Parrikar.

The protested in the Lok Sabha. Later, Vice-President accused the governor of having acted in a partisan manner and said the had stolen the mandate. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is also a noted constitutional lawyer, said: “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 — to form a government. 

In the Assembly polls, the won 13 seats and the 17 in a House of 40. The 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 legislators met Governor Sinha and argued they be given an opportunity to form the government. 

In New Delhi, the vice-president told reporters that in and Goa, the two states where the won, “democracy has been undermined by them (BJP) using financial power, money.”

Jaitley countered that the 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 Harish Salve argued that the governor was convinced that Parrikar had the support of three Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party legislators and three from the Forward Party. In addition, there were two Independents supporting the  

Therefore, the 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 should have “run” to the governor immediately after the results were declared. They also remarked that the 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 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 The has claimed the support of 32 MLAs, including its 21, in the 60-member Assembly. A delegation had met the governor on Sunday with 21 MLAs, four NPP MLAs, one MLA each from LJP and TMC and a MLA. The won 28 seats in Manipur, emerging as the single largest party.

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