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

Trinamool MLA supports BJP in Manipur

Trinamool MLA supports BJP in Manipur

The smaller parties did not offer support the Congress because they were not sure how Congress would treat them.

He said he saw the letter of Goa Governor Mridula Sinha having appointed Manohar Parrikar as the Goa CM on 12 March, a day after the poll results, before "any floor test or anything happened", charging "So it is hard for us to stake claim if the governor is already acting in a partisan manner".

Vishwajit P. Rane, the Congress MLA from Valpoi and son of Pratapsingh Rane, had also announced that he was quitting the party.

Manohar Parrikar, back in his old playground after nearly three years as Union Defence Minister, was sworn in for a new term as Chief Minister even as nascent #NotMyCM protests hit the streets of Goa.

Salve submitted that the Governor was correct in calling BJP to form the government excercising power under Article 164 (1) of the Constitution. The Sarkaria Commission has also laid this down clearly.

The Congress claimed that the Governor should have invited them to form the government, as they are the single largest party with 17 seats. He began his political career in 2002 when he was elected to the eighth Manipur Legislative Assembly from his home constituency, Heingang, as a Democratic Revolutionary Peoples Party candidate.

Allies outnumber the BJP in Manohar Parrikar's council of ministers in Goa.

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The Congress had accused Mridula of acting unilaterally and inviting the BJP to form a government in Goa, without even meeting the 17 elected leaders of the Congress. "We can not stop the formation of the government", Justice Gogoi told Congress counsel and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi and advocate Devadatt Kamat.

The BJP on Monday selected N Biren Singh as their CM choice for Manipur.

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.

Meanwhile, Congress leaders are keeping their fingers crossed. "But we have an ideological fight with the BJP and we will continue to do that", said the Congress Vice-President.

Congress MP Satyavrat Chaturvedi told CNN News 18 news channel that had the party gone for "cardiac surgery" after the 2014 election, the situation would have been different and the BJP would have been on the back foot. "You (Congress) don't have the numbers and that's why you didn't claim to form government".

The outcome of the floor test is more or less predictable, with the Goa Forward Party and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party backing the BJP, even in the face of criticism for having betrayed the people's mandate.

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