Published: Wed, March 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Congress gets Supreme Court rap, Manohar Parrikar test tomorrow

Congress gets Supreme Court rap, Manohar Parrikar test tomorrow

BJP's win in UP and Uttarakhand has kick-started saffron brigades' war preparation ahead of 2018 polls.

Ashab arrived at Imphal Airport from Silcher of Assam this afternoon, around 1 pm along with state agriculture minister Md Nasir who was reelected from Lilong A/C of Thoubal district.

"But as far Congress is concerned we do need to make structural, organisational changes", he said, adding that Congress had an ideological fight with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

"The BJP has been involved in horse-trading, promising sums, ministries, corporations and SUVs to the non-BJP MLAs to get their support", Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh alleged.

"The BJP managed to form an alliance and presented to the governor 21 out of 40 MLAs". The election loss was a setback to the BJP which was in power.

Asked if Congress should move beyond Gandhi, Chaturvedi said: "I think in larger interest of the party, Rahul himself has to take a decision".

Singhvi argued that the governor had violated constitutional norms by not calling the single-largest party winning the elections, which is the Congress.

Shyam Kumar, the Congress MLA from Andro constituency, will resign and contest on a BJP ticket which means he will be disqualified, bringing down the total number of Manipur Assembly to 59.

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Mr Parrikar exuded confidence that the BJP would prove its majority on the floor of the House on March 16.

Apart from Shyam Kumar, AITMC MLA Rabindro on Sunday also joined the BJP-led alliance.

It has also come as a reminder for BJP rebels here who don't take Yeddyurappa's leadership seriously Saturday's election results from the five states seem to have given the Congress-led Karnataka government some reason to worry.

"BJP was always claiming to be a party of morals and characters".

Singh dismissed Congress's allegations that BJP is hijacking the mandate in the two states. The CM thus appointed must prove majority as per the guidelines laid down in the Bommai judgment - on the floor of the assembly.

"Obviously in a hung assembly post-poll alliances will be formed", Mr Jaitley said.

While ordering floor test, the bench noted the submissions of Goa CLP leader Chandrakant Kavlekar's counsel and senior advocate Abhishek Mani Singhvi who assailed the Governor's determination to invite Parrikar to form the government by "seriously disputing" the factual position and terming it as a "misrepresentation of fact".

Refusing to interfere with the Goa Governor's decision to appoint Manohar Parrikar as the new Chief Minister, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that a floor test be held in the assembly on Thursday to determine if Parrikar enjoyed the majority support.

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