After being elected as the Goa Chief Minister for a fourth term on Tuesday, Manohar Parrikar said that the BJP alone, not the Congress, could bring stability to the state.
While the Congress is accusing the BJP of "subverting democracy" and "nullifying people's mandate" by staking claim to form new governments in Manipur and Goa before it could do so as the single-largest party, many, within and outside the Congress, are questioning its own failure to seize the opportunity.
The results announced on Saturday showed the Congress with 17 members in the 40-member legislative assembly, followed by the BJP with 13, the Maharashtra Gomantak Party with three, the Goa Forward Party with three, the Nationalist Congress Party with one, and three independents.
"The people of Goa have not forgotten that during 1992 and 2000 the Congress party had 12 chief ministers".
This was also confirmed by Union minister and the BJP's election in-charge for Goa, Nitin Gadkari.
The BJP's tally stands at 14 as Independent candidate Govind Gawade, supported by the party, won in Priol seat.
He will be sworn-in at Raj Bhavan at 10.30 a.m., the sources said.
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The other contender was Thongam Bishwajit, a BJP MLA since 2015. A similar situation has developed in Manipur, where Governor Najma Heptulla invited the BJP, which won fewer seats than the Congress, to form the government.
Note: Manipur and Goa have been marked in red because at the time of writing, no party was in a position to form the government. Parrikar was administered the oath of office by the governor in Panaji on Tuesday.
Rahul said the Congress's fight with the BJP was an "ideological fight" which, he added, will continue.
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.
Both the Congress and the BJP are expected to woo the regional forces to get the required numbers to form government in the tourist state where the majority mark is 21. It said the governor should invite the leader of "a pre-poll alliance commanding the largest number" or the "largest single party" to form the government in case no party or pre-poll coalition has a clear majority.
Besides the humiliating defeat of Parsekar, who lost by over 7,000 votes, six BJP ministers too were trounced.
"I appreciate Parrikar's deep commitment and love for the soil of Goa, but he should be sporting enough to accept the fact that the BJP has received drubbing under his leadership", he said.
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