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Goa election 2017: Parrikar swears-in, Congress dials smaller allies

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Amid search for Manohar Parrikar's successor, Congress stakes claim to form government
Source: Indian Express

In fear of dubious alliance, the BJP was busy making preparations for a coalition government, headed by Manohar Parrikar who is going to swear in as the CM in Goa Tuesday. Parrikar is set to return as the Chief Minister by resigning as Union Defense Minister — Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will take additional charge of the portfolio.

His event will be followed by an invitation from Governor Mridula Sinha. However, last evening, with the Congress approaching Supreme Court against the Governor’s decision, doubts emerged over Goa Forward’s support for the BJP-led move.

The Goa party has been flooding social media networks, over its “betrayal” in supporting a Parrikar-led formation after winning three seats in the assembly election on an anti-BJP plank. The party’s president Prabhakar Timble had also quit his position in protest against the decision to align with the BJP.

“The Governor, under the Constitution, should have called the single largest party first and taken stock of the position. If the other side was claiming a majority, the Governor’s office still needed to call the Congress to discuss the situation. Elections are the people’s mandate and that needs to be respected first,” said Timble, who was the former Goa state election commissioner.

Congress sources told The Indian Express that they were “still in talks with our allies”. “It’s not over yet,” said a party leader.






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