Published: Wed, March 15, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Trinamool MLA supports BJP in Manipur

Trinamool MLA supports BJP in Manipur

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". But it is also true that those decisions - the Congress and its allies have been beneficiaries - were disputed on grounds of procedure and propriety.

On attempts by BJP to retain power by cobbling up an alliance with smaller parties, Singh said he is surprised at the "hunger for power" of (Defence Minister) Manohar Parrikar and BJP. "The people of Goa have defeated the BJP", said Singh who is here in Goa to oversee the party's affairs after counting of votes. The Sarkaria Commission has also laid this down clearly.

"Governor's new role, first certify the majority of party who appoints them, later invite their leader to form government".

The Congress has blamed the BJP for "stealing the mandate" - it has won 28 seats, seven more than the BJP, and hoped to form government with support from one Left, one Trinamool and one independent MLA. While they chose to shoot from others' shoulders they could not even deliver what was asked by the party.

But Parrikar, who has stepped down as defence minister to head the state for the third time, had on Sunday given Governor Sinha evidence of the support of the six MLAs of the MGP and the GFP, and two independents. In the end, the BJP had moved closer to taking a decisive hold of two more states, turning what looked like a 2-3 score into 4-1. Rahul said the Congress formed its government in Punjab and won the election in Manipur and Goa and that regional leaders should be credited.

"We have the numbers to form the government".

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However, that hope is fading away as all other members of the non-Congress parties and the lone Independent MLA have extended support to the BJP. "We will definitely have over 21 MLAs with us", he said.

Ibobi Singh had pinned his hope on the NPP, which has four MLAs.

Rahul said the Congress's fight with the BJP was an "ideological fight" which, he added, will continue.

Moreover, the party could have protested before the state governor and convince her by presenting the list of supporters. In fact, Goa Forward Party ran an anti-BJP campaign.

But the BJP has moved and appear to have stumped the Congress by engineering defections of Shyamkumar and managing Robindro, even though it was not clear which Ashab uddin would go.

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