Rahul calls for structural changes in Congress

Goa assembly election 2017

Former defence minister Parrikar took oath as the chief minister of Goa for the fourth time on Tuesday after the BJP cobbled up a coalition with two regional parties and some Independent MLAs.

The Governor invited Mr. Parrikar, who resigned as Union Defence Minister, to form the government in the State on March 12 after he paraded a majority of 21 elected members, including three each from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and the Goa Forward Party and two Independents.

Many Congress leaders, including the party's Rajya Sabha chief whip Satyavrat Chatur-vedi, criticised the delay in garnering support from other MLAs in Goa, where it lost out to the BJP in the race to form the government despite being the 'single largest party.

Stating that Congress' fight is against Bharatiya Janata Party's ideology, Rahul said, "What they did in Manipur and Goa is exactly the ideology we are fighting against".

N Biren Singh is the chief ministerial candidate of the BJP. He joined the BJP on October 17, 2016 and became the co-convener of its election management committee He contested and won from the Heingang seat for the recent assembly elections.

Being the single largest party, the Congress staked a claim to form government on March 13.


The CLP had said that they have support of the majority of the legislature and are in a position to prove the same on the floor of the House. 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".

"If they (Congress) had the majority, they should have gone to the governor instead of approaching the court", Parrikar said.

In the assembly elections in Manipur, while the Congress bagged 28 seats - three short of simple majority - the BJP won 21 seats.

"She didn't even meet the single-largest party elected by the people of Goa before calling Parrikar to take oath".

The court said it was not possible to stop the oath-taking ceremony as the Congress has so far done nothing to prove that Mr. Parrikar's claim was wrong. Thus, the effective majority now will go down to 30, allowing the BJP to form the next government comfortably. Congress was not even contacted on phone, thereby denying it an opportunity to show its strength, he said, adding that this was against the mandate of the people. "I assure you that our team under the leadership of Prime Minister Modiji will provide good governance", 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.

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