Biren Singh Elected As BJP's Legislature Party Leader In Manipur

Voters wait outside a polling booth

(Agencies): The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to stay the swearing in of the Bharatiya Janata Party's Manohar Parrikar as chief minister of Goa, and instead ordered a floor test in the Assembly on March 16.

Many Congress leaders, including the party's Rajya Sabha chief whip Satyavrat Chatur-vedi, criticised the delay in garnering support from other MLAs in Goa, where it lost out to the BJP in the race to form the government despite being the 'single largest party.

The Bench said it could even dismiss the petition filed by the Goa Congress Legislature Party leader Chandrakant Kavlekar for not impleading Mr. Parrikar as a party in the petition.

Insisting that the Congress should have been invited to form the government since it is the single largest party with 28 seats, Singh said they could have proved majority had a floor test been called.

Both the Congress and the BJP are trying to woo the smaller parties to form government in the 40-member House, where the majority mark is 21. "The SC has said that you immediately establish the majority which is a right verdict", he said.




"The BJP has been involved in horse-trading, promising sums, ministries, corporations and SUVs to the non-BJP MLAs to get their support", Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh alleged. Rahul congratulated the BJP for its victory in the state, but accused it of polarising voters. Parrikar has to prove his majority in the Assembly on Thursday, as directed by the Supreme Court.

Reports said that he has to confine himself in the lobby room of the airport as he was not in a position to out from the airport where large numbers of Congress and BJP leaders were there.

The new cabinet, headed by N. Biren Singh, will take oath of office at the Raj Bhavan on March 15 at 1 pm, the governor said at a press meet in Imphal on March 14.

During the hearing, the judges also observed that the Congress should have "run" to the Governor immediately after the results were declared to form the government.

The Goa Governor has already invited the BJP-led alliance to form the government and the swearing-in is scheduled this evening. Minutes before his presser in Goa, the Indian defence minister said, "I have not resigned yet". He blamed the party leaders for not moving fast and scuttling the Congress' chances of forming the government in Goa. The Justice M.M. Punchhi Commission on Centre-State Relations in 2010 laid down some guidelines to be followed in the appointment of a chief minister by a governor.

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