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Congress stakes claim to form govt in Goa

IANS  |  Panaji 

On a day when reports suggested that ailing Manohar Parrikar's condition has worsened, the in on Saturday staked claim to form the government in the coastal state.

In a letter addressed to Mridula Sinha, of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said that the Parrikar-led coalition government is in a minority and its numbers may "dwindle".

He demanded that she dismiss the incumbent (BJP)-led dispensation and invite the -- the single-largest party in the state Assembly -- to form the government.

"Consequent upon the sad demise of Francis D'Souza, MLA, who belonged to the BJP, it is humbly submitted that the incumbent BJP-led under the leadership of Manohar Parrikar, which has long lost the trust of the people and now also lost strength in the House," Kavlekar said in the letter.

"Also, we anticipate that numbers of the BJP may further dwindle," he wrote to the requesting that such minority government be not allowed to continue even for a moment.

"It is, therefore, incumbent upon you to dismiss the led by the BJP to ensure that the Indian National Congress, which is the single-largest party in the august House and is presently enjoying the majority, be called to form government," Kavlekar said.

Earlier in the day, the (CMO) was forced to issue a statement claiming that the health of Parrikar, who is being treated at his private residence for advanced pancreatic cancer, is "stable", after said that his health conditions has worsened.

Sources requesting anonymity told IANS that Parrikar's blood pressure had dropped considerably on Saturday morning.

Parrikar was diagnosed with in February 2018 and has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, and ever since.

After the death of former Deputy on February 14 this year, the BJP's tally in the state has come down to 13, while the has 14 MLAs in the House.

Last year, two Congress MLAs had quit the party and their membership of the House to join the BJP.

Although the Assembly has 40 seats, three seats are currently lying vacant.

Speaking to IANS on condition of anonymity, a Congress said that the ailing Parrikar is unable to move owing to his ill-health, and his inability to attend the Assembly session in case a no-confidence vote is facilitated by the Governor, would further deplete the BJP's strength in the state Assembly to 36.

"This gives further advantage to the Congress in case of voting during the passing of a no-confidence motion. We have 14 MLAs, while the BJP will effectively have 12, with Parrikar ill. We are already in touch with ruling coalition allies to convince them to quit the BJP-led front and join a Congress-led coalition government," the Congress MLA said.

The BJP-led coalition government currently has the support of 12 BJP MLAs, plus three lawmakers each from two regional parties, namely Goa Forward and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, one MLA from the and two Independent legislators.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 18:36 IST
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