Parrikar unwell, Opposition stakes claim to form govt in Goa





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As Goa’s Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is hospitalised, its  main opposition Congress party submitted a memorandum to Governor Mridula Sinha on  Monday, staking claim to form an alternate government. Parrikar, 62,  is suffering from a pancreatic ailment, and  is currently admitted in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi for treatment.


The Congress, which has 16 members in the 40-member state Assembly, submitted a memorandum to the Governor, urging her not to dissolve the Assembly and instead invite the party to form the government, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said.
Goa, is currently being ruled by the BJP-led Alliance headed by Parrikar.

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

All the 16 Congress MLAs, led by Kavlekar, went to the Raj Bhavan  to meet the Governer.He said the Congress has support of legislators from other parties and can form the government, if given a chance by governor. BJP leader Ram Lal said the Goa government is stable and no demand has been made as such for  change in the leadership. Kavlekar said that the state is not in a position to face another election within one-and-half year due to whims and fancies of BJP.

Earlier too, the Congress had staked claim 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.





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