SC to hear Congress plea against BJP government formation in Goa at 10:30 am
BJP govt formation in Goa
The tussle for BJP government formation in Goa reached the Supreme Court on Monday with the Congress party challenging the invitation extended by Governor Dr Mridula Sinha.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary Girish Chodankar on Monday said that the party has petitioned the apex court that the Governor should have rightfully invited the Congress party to form a government because it had emerged as the single-largest party.
He informed that Chief Justice Jagdish Khehar admitted the plea and ordered setting up of a special bench for the hearing, which had been scheduled for Tuesday at 10:30 am.
“We were the single-largest party. The Governor should have invited us to form government according to established constitutional practice,” Chodankar said.
In the petition, Congress legislative party leader Chandrakant Kavlekar cited the apex court’s decision in the Rameshwar Pandit judgement, where the Supreme Court had said that the single-largest party should be allotted the first attempt to form government in case of a hung assembly.
“Governor overlooked Sarkaria Commission Report and M.M. Punchi Commission Report. These reports were also upheld and endorsed by the court in Nabam Rebia and Bamang Felix V. Deputy Speaker AP Assembly matters,” Chodankar said.
The Congress party emerged as the single-largest party with 17 seats in the 40-member House. The BJP, however, bagged 13 seats but it enjoys support of three legislators each from two regional parties, namely Goa Forward and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and two Independent legislators.
The Governor had late on Sunday invited former CM Manohar Parrikar to form government, after he met her and submitted letters of support from 21 MLAs.
Parrikar was CM of the coastal state twice before from October 2000 to February 2005 and from March 2012 to November 8, 2014, when he was appointed the Defence Minister.