Congress cries foul, hints at legal step

PANAJI: With no positive response from Governor Mridula Sinha till late Monday evening on a letter moved thrice in the last three days, staking claim to form the state government by virtue of being the single largest party in the Assembly, Congress party has now taken a decision to take legal step against the Governor’s move and BJP.
The Congress said the Governor allowed BJP to undertake negotiations and build up pressure on MLAs of the alliance partners to support the new leadership.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday evening, leader of the opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, in the presence of 14 MLAs and NCP MLA Churchill Alemao, said the Governor had an obligation to invite the single largest party for forming the government and proving majority on the floor of the House. “However, she did not invite us. It is expected that she will act on the advice of the Centre which she had done after 2017 Assembly election by not inviting us to form the government even after we getting the mandate,” Kavlekar said.
“We have the numbers to prove the majority on the floor of the House. So we went to the Governor for the third time to stake claim to form the government and even sent a reminder but she didn’t take any call. We have now taken a decision to take legal step against the move of BJP to get its leader sworn in, and against the Governor for being unresponsive and indifferent to our claim,” he said.
Speaking further, senior Congress leader Pratapsing Rane said when the first chief minister Dayanand Bandodkar expired, soon after, his daughter was sworn in as the new chief minister, but after the death of chief minister Manohar Parrikar, BJP did not even announce any interim chief minister even after over 24 hours passed.
Former chief minister and Congress MLA Digambar Kamat said that this suggests that the BJP did not have any leadership and the Governor, by not inviting the single largest party and allowing time to BJP to convince its alliance partners, proved that there was no leader to succeed Parrikar.
The Congress, which is currently claiming to be the single largest party in the state with 14 MLAs, earlier met the Governor for the third time on Monday with an appeal to stake its claim to form the government. “We have conveyed to you several times that ours is the single largest party in the legislative Assembly of Goa. As such, I am entitled to receive your invitation to form the government consequent upon the sad demise of Manohar Parrikar,” the Congress legislature party head Chandrakant Kavlekar appealed to the Governor.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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