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BJP stakes claim in Goa, Parrikar to be new CM

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Manipur is all set to have its first-ever BJP coalition government after the party managed to steal a march over the Congress by netting the lone All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) member and defection of a Congress legislator and expecting the lone independent MLA Ashab Uddin from Jiribam to be brought to its camp.

In the assembly elections in Manipur, while the Congress bagged 28 seats - three short of simple majority - the BJP won 21 seats. While the Congress argued over leadership, the BJP collated its alliance with late-night negotiations.

Infighting within the Congress was the reason that regional parties and independents made a decision to join hands with BJP, Parrikar said.

Panaji: With Goa polls throwing up a fractured verdict, both the BJP and the Congress legislature parties are meeting on Sunday to decide their respective leaders and work out strategies to form government in the state. "What they did in Manipur and Goa is exactly the ideology we are fighting against", the Congress leader told reporters outside Parliament. Two parties had agreed to support BJP on the precondition that I take over as the chief minister.

Parrikar should, however, prove his party's majority on the floor of the assembly within 48 hours instead of 15 days as directed earlier by the state governor. Given the fact that Karnataka has seen a "turnover" of the ruling party in every successive election in the last 35 years, the task becomes even more challenging for the Congress.

Both the Congress and the BJP are expected to woo the regional forces to get the required numbers to form government in the tourist state where the majority mark is 21. "The mandate of the people of Goa and Manipur has been stolen by the BJP".

But the governor acted in a partisan way by asking the BJP to form government, the petitioner said.

The move followed the newly-elected BJP legislators passing a resolution demanding the return of Parrikar as chief minister. They appeared before the governor in person and submitted a letter of support.

Being the single largest party, the Congress staked a claim to form government on March 13.

The governor played a "cat and mouse game" by hurrying to call the second-largest party, the counsel said, adding that it was subversion of democracy, which is one of the basic structures of the Constitution.

The Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessed slugfest over government formation in Manipur and Goa, with the Congress alleging flouting of the democratic norms.