Manipur Election Results: CM Ibobi Singh's Gamble Didn't Pay Off

Arvind Kejriwal

But if he has been cleared by Mamata Banerjee, it would signal a softening of her stance towards the BJP that has been marked by bitter animosity, especially since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial demonetisation move. Since then we have been able to cross the threshold of 13 and now reach 17 seats.

In its petition, Congress, which emerged as the single largest party in the Goa assembly elections, contented that the state governor should have followed the rules and invited it to form government and later prove its majority on the floor of the assembly. While talking to leading news agency ANI, Naidu said,"Majority was not received by any parties in Goa and Manipur, other parties gave us support for formation of government".

Three ministers - Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palienkar and Jayesh Salgaonkar - are from the Goa Forward Party.

The Bench said it could even dismiss the petition filed by the Goa Congress Legislature Party leader Chandrakant Kavlekar for not impleading Mr. Parrikar as a party in the petition.

"This sensitive and contentious issue can be resolved by holding a floor test at the earliest". "The SC has said that you immediately establish the majority which is a right verdict", he said.

Salve submitted that the Governor was correct in calling BJP to form the government excercising power under Article 164 (1) of the Constitution.


Congress General Secretary in-charge of Goa Digvijaya Singh had in the morning tweeted: We have been requesting Governor of Goa (Mridula Sinha) for appointment since March 12 night but were not given.

In Manipur, the BJP, which got 21 seats, has staked claim to form the government.

When Chief Minister Ibobi Singh sees the results of the Manipur Assembly elections, he'll know more than anyone else that his gamble didn't pay off - the one he took late a year ago when he carved out new districts in the state. Development of the state had stopped during that period.

"Everybody must introspect or share with the party what went wrong", he said.

"But it has neither elected a leader nor has it till date made any claim before the governor of Goa", Jaitley said. Both of them were former chief ministers.

It takes the strength of the ruling coalition to 22, one above the majority mark. Neither did the Congress, since the poll results were announced on March 11, call on the Governor to prove its majority nor had it led arguments or place any record before the SC to prove that Mr. Parrikar did not enjoy the majority. "The mandate was fractured but every fraction has been stitched together", he said.

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