Chief minister Manohar Parrikar won a crucial trust vote in the state assembly, with 22 legislators backing the BJP-led coalition to bring down curtain on the drama over the government formation process.
Parikkar, who has stepped down as the defence minister, was shown in as the CM for the fourth time on Tuesday along with nine ministers. But the Supreme Court ordered an immediate trust vote since his party, the BJP, finished second in the recently concluded assembly elections.
Congress, which claimed it had the numbers, faced another embarrassment as its MLA Vishwajit Rane abstained from voting in protest, taking the Congress numbers one down to 16. He later tendered his resignation as an MLA as well as member of the Congress Party. As the pro-term speaker announced the trust vote, senior Congress MLA Pratapsingh Rane tried to ask him how many members were in the House as per the Constitution, but the pro-tem speaker evaded his equation.
Parikkar said the vote has debunked the claims of Congress’ Digvijay Singh. Paarikkar also said that he will also allot portfolios to a few of his cabinet members and the notification would come out on Saturday. A full council of ministers will be announced only after the budget session is concluded.
Congress MLA Vishwajit Rane son of former chief minister Pratap Singh Rane skipped the voting. He had been disgruntled on various issues with the party. Parikkar was appointed by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Monday after he staked claim on Sunday to form the government. The move came between controversy and allegations of horse-trading and violation of constitutional norms and precedent by the Congress party, which had emerged as the single largest party with 17 seats in the 40-member assembly.
The 61-year-old Chief Minister proved his majority with 12 legislators from the BJP, three from the GFP, three from the MGP, three Independents and one from the NCP supporting the trust motion. Parikkar rubbished the allegations of horse-trading made by the Congress against the BJP.
Just a day before the trust vote in Goa, Cong CLP leader on behalf of the INC wrote to Governor Mridula Sinha, asking to change the pro-tm speaker Siddharth Kunclienkar, since he had earlier worked with Parikkar as an osd and could be biased when the floor test happens.
It’s fairly clear that the young aspirational India does not get Congress dilettante entitled charms. They are not amused at his forays into issues as a part-time politician seemingly acting out of “noblesse oblige”. India deserves a decent government and Congress a graceful exit.
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