Even when the Congress won 17 seats in the coastal state of Goa, forming a government seems to be a difficult job. In the Assembly election results on Saturday, the BJP got 13 seats and the Congress clinched 17 of the 40 seats to emerge as the single largest party in Goa.
The BJP, however, seems to have managed to get the support of local parties to form the government in the state. The BJP claimed to have the support of 22 MLAs. NCP's Churchill Alemao has lent his support along with the MGP, the GFP and 2 independents. A letter of support from Rohan Khaunte (Independent from Porvorim), whom the Congress had backed, is awaited. Khaunte would take BJP's tally to 23.
Reacting to the developments in the state, Congress General Secretary and MP, Digvijaya Singh on Sunday said that if the BJP has the "letter of support" from regional political parties, they were ready to seat in the Opposition.
The senior party leader said that Congress President Sonia Gandhi would take a call on the leader of the legislative party in the state. "Will individually hold talks with all our MLA's later this evening to appoint our Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader in Goa. Singh told media after CLP meet in Goa.
The CLP held it first meeting today where two resolution were passed. In the first resolution, the Congress thanked people of Goa for reposing their confidence in the party. Singh said, "In the second resolution we have thanked our leadership for having led the campaign and under their guidance we have been elected in 17 segments."
The CLP unanimously requested the Congress president and vice-president to advise on electing the leader of the party.
"In the meantime, we are also in touch with non-BJP MLAs. We are absolutely confident of getting the numbers to to form the government. We are surprised at the way how Parrikar and the BJP are displaying their hunger to be in power."
Singh commenting on the development that Manohar Parrikar might be made the CM of Goa, said, "I appreciate the deep love of Parrikar with the soul of Goa, but he should be sporting enough to understand that the people of Goa have rejected the BJP."