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Governor's office being misused to buy time for horse-trading: CPI(M)

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Criticising the governor's decision to give time to the BJP to prove its majority in the state Assembly, the CPI(M) today accused the saffron party of indulging in horse-trading.

In a statement, the alleged that the constitutional office of the was being misused in the southern state.

"The politburo of the CPI(M) strongly opposes the time given to the BJP to indulge in naked horse-trading and the use of money power to muster a majority in the Assembly.

"Delaying this would only mean that the constitutional office of the is being misused to buy time for naked horse-trading. This is blatantly anti-democratic," it said.

Referring to the 2017 Assembly election, the CPI(M) said the governors appointed during the current BJP rule had followed the principle of swearing-in governments on the basis of post-poll arrangements.

In Goa, the had won 17 and the BJP 13 in the 40-member Assembly, but the saffron party was invited by the to form the government after it stitched a post-poll alliance with other parties.

The also referred to the and elections, where despite not securing a majority, the BJP was invited to form the government by the respective governors on the basis of post-poll arrangements.

It stressed that the same principle should apply in too, where a post-poll alliance between the and the JD(S) has a clear majority in the 224-member Assembly.

The CPI(M) demanded that the chief minister-designate of the Congress-JD(S) coalition be sworn-in and the alliance asked to prove its majority on the floor of the House, in accordance with verdicts.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 17:10 IST