Goa Governor to meet Congress legislators

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Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha will meet Goa Congress legislators on Tuesday evening. The legislators are demanding  dismissal of the Manohar Parrikar-led government and allowing the opposition party to stake claim for forming an alternate government.

This situation has occurred due to the deteriorating health of the current Goa CM Manohar Parrikar. The 62 year old CM is currently a admitted in the AIIMS in Delhi for a pancreatic ailment.

Goa is being ruled by the BJP-led Alliance headed by Parrikar.

Congress which has 16 members in the 40-member state Assembly. on Monday it submitted a memorandum to the Governor in her absence, urging her not to dissolve the Assembly and instead invite the party to form the alternate government.

The Congress is led by Chandrakant Kavlekar. 

 Kavlekar said the Governor, who was away from the state, arrived in Goa at 3 pm on Tuesday and her office called him for the meeting of the Congress legislators with her at 6.30 pm.

"We all 16 MLAs will be meeting the Governor and will request her to dismiss the present government. We will also ask her to invite us to form the new government," he said.

He added that the  Congress has support of legislators from other parties and can form the government, if given a chance by the governor. He, however, refused to spell out who all are supporting the Congress.

The BJP has 14 seats in the Assembly and  its allies Goa Forward Party and MGP have three each. Three Independents and an MLA from Nationalist Congress Party also support the BJP.

BJP leader Ram Lal had said on Moday that the Goa government is stable and no demand has been made for a change in the leadership.

He stated this after a meeting with party MLAs, former legislators and core committee members.

He said the BJP's alliance partners - the Goa Forward Party (GFP), the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Independents - conveyed that they will agree to any political decision taken by the BJP. 

The Congress had claimed on May 18, 2018 to form the government in Goa, citing the example of Karnataka where the largest party BJP was invited to form the government after the Assembly polls threw up a fractured verdict.

The Congress had said that it had not been invited to form the government in Goa after the Assembly polls in March last year despite it emerging as the largest single party.

The party had also met Governor on September 7, 2018 urging her to intervene as State Administration was suffering due to sickness of the Chief Minister.

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