Congress files petition challenging Parrikar's appointment as Goa CM

Panaji (Goa) [India] Mar. 13 (ANI): The Congress on Monday said that the party has filed a petition before the Supreme Court challenging the appointment of Manohar Parrikar as the Goa Chief Minister by the Governor of the state.

"Congress is the single largest party with 17 seats in Goa which has the strength of 40 seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has only 13 seats and they did not have any pre-poll alliance, despite of that the Goa Governor has appointed Parrikar as the Chief Minister," Congress spokesperson Sunil Kawthankar told ANI.

He added that the Supreme Court has admitted the petition and the matter will come up for hearing tomorrow at 11 a.m.

"We have prayed that his appointed may be quashed and we may be called to stake claim to form the government and prove our majority on the floor of the House," Kawthankar asserted.

The Supreme Court has agreed to urgently hear the Congress Party's petition challenging appointment of Parrikar as Goa Chief Minister.

The petition for urgent hearing was mentioned before Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar.

Incidentally, Parrikar is slated to take oath as Goa Chief Minister tomorrow.

President Pranab Mukherjee, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has accepted Parrikar's resignation from the Council of Ministers, with immediate effect, under clause (2) of Article 75 of the Constitution. (ANI)