Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Congress cries foul over lost opportunity to rule Goa, Manipur

Goa election: AAP may have eroded votes of traditional rivals, Congress and BJP Manipur election results: Congress, BJP both claim victory
Saul Franklin | 15 March, 2017, 01:11

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

Governor Mridula Sinha's decision to invite the BJP, despite it having only 13 seats (against 17 of the Congress) was promptly questioned in a petition before the Supreme Court. But it is also true that those decisions - the Congress and its allies have been beneficiaries - were disputed on grounds of procedure and propriety. In both states, the BJP is at an advantage because the governors are pliable and the power and pelf that go with being in power at the Centre helped the party in its efforts to form governments. The Sarkaria Commission has also laid this down clearly.

With this, the BJP which has won 13 seats has cobbled up the requisite number needed to reach the magic figure in the 40-member House which had thrown up a hung verdict, though the Congress has emerged 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. Biswajit Singh, who joined the party in 2015 from the All India Trinamool Congress, and was the BJP's lone MLA in the last assembly, will be the deputy chief minister.

Its party vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, told journalists outside parliament on Tuesday that the BJP is using money power to steal the mandate in Goa and Manipur. "The debate between the largest party lacking majority versus a combination of parties constituting a majority was answered by former President KR Narayanan in his communique in March, 1998, when he invited Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee to form the government", Jaitley said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

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The BJP on Monday selected N Biren Singh as their CM choice for Manipur. Salve: "They [Congress] are saying you [BJP] are a very powerful party and you can manipulate a majority". Biren and one or two elected members may take oath.

Reports said that he has to confine himself in the lobby room of the airport as he was not in a position to out from the airport where large numbers of Congress and BJP leaders were there. Rahul congratulated the BJP for its victory in the state, but accused it of polarising voters. They appeared before the governor in person and submitted a letter of support.

"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.

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