Parrikar resigns as Defence Minister, likely to be Goa CM

Goa assembly election 2017

While the poll results have lessons for both national parties (Congress and BJP) in the state, it is certain that the road ahead for the Siddaramaiah government would be hard with an anti-incumbency wave, similar to Uttar Pradesh, setting in.

"If they (Congress) had the majority, they should have gone to the governor instead of approaching the court", Parrikar said. The Sarkaria Commission, which studied Centre-state relations in the 1980s, held a similar view.

"Governor's new role, first certify the majority of party who appoints them, later invite their leader to form government".

Parrikar was the Defence Minister from November, 2014 to March 13, 2017.

Earlier on a Congress' plea for a stay on Mr Parrikar's swearing-in ceremony, a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar, in a special sitting, requested Goa Governor Mridula Sinha to summon the House for the floor test for which the session will commence at 11 AM on March 16.

"We have the numbers to form the government".

Manipur governor Najma Heptullah has invited the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form the next government in the state. Salve: "They [Congress] are saying you [BJP] are a very powerful party and you can manipulate a majority".

The Congress emerged as the single largest party in the state by winning 17 seats while the BJP bagged 13.




Meanwhile, Congress leaders are keeping their fingers crossed.

Manohar Parrikar had also addressed a press conference and announced that he had met the governor and said, "This is a mandate given by the people, though we fell short of majority.Together we have completed the magic figure of 21".

"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.

Ibobi Singh had pinned his hope on the NPP, which has four MLAs.

"You can not have an order behind his back", the judges said, adding that the Congress party had not based its pleadings with hard evidence on the number of legislators supporting it.

But the BJP has moved and appear to have stumped the Congress by engineering defections of Shyamkumar and managing Robindro, even though it was not clear which Ashab uddin would go.

Moreover, the party could have protested before the state governor and convince her by presenting the list of supporters.

PANAJI, MAR 12 (AGENCIES): BJP on Sunday staked claim to form the next government in Goa with the support of the NCP, smaller outfits and Independents.

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