Amid bitter claims by both the BJP and the Congress on having the people's mandate in Goa, Manohar Parrikar has been sworn-in as the coastal state's Chief Minister for the fourth time. Eight other ministers have also been sworn-in by Governor Mridula Sinha.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court cleared the decks for Parrikar's oath-taking by refusing to stay the ceremony, as demanded by the Congress, whose vice-president Rahul Gandhi has accused the BJP of "stealing the mandate" of Goa and buying MLAs.
Congress general secretary and Goa in-charge Digvijaya Singh also met the Governor along with his party's 17 MLAs soon after the Supreme Court's decision demanding her to invite the party to form the government. He called the Supreme Court's order a "great victory for the Congress".
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- Swearing in is a ministerial act, is of no constitutional significance. WIll be nullifed in a floor test in 48 hours, says Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Goa.
- I agree the mandate is fractured, but with 22 MLAs together the vote share is more than sufficient. It's post poll alliance, says Manohar Parrikar.
- The support extended to BJP to form govt in Goa is only for Goa's development. No MLA wanted to support Congress : Manohar Parrikar.
- If you had the support then why did you not go to the Governor?: Manohar Parrikar on Congress.
- MGP's Manohar Ajgaonkar and Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte take oath as ministers in Goa Government.
MGP's Manohar Ajgaonkar and Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte take oath as ministers in Goa Government pic.twitter.com/Gs7HD7XZuj- ANI (@ANI_news) March 14, 2017
- Manohar Parrikar takes oath as Goa Chief Minister for the fourth time. Amit Shah, Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari present at the ceremony. Eight other ministers have also been sworn in along with Parrikar.
- I think the Supreme Court has given the right order, BJP is fully confident of getting majority. Congress neither elected a leader nor made a claim in front of the Governor, says Arun Jaitley on Goa govt formation tussle.
- Protests outside Raj Bhawan against Parrikar and particularly GOA FORWARD for supporting BJP.
- Two more MLAs Churchill Alemao MLA from Benaulim and Prasad Gaonkar MLA from Sanguem gave support to Manohar Parrikar in Goa.
- So we have told all like-minded MLAs and parties that we are ready to sacrifice, please join us, says Faleiro.
- Sonia ji is a rare example of sacrifice in democratic world, had a chance to be PM twice but she chose Dr.Singh, says Goa Congress leader Luizinho Faleiro.
- We wrote to her(Goa Governor) on 12th, we came to the office, but were told that the office was closedas it was a holiday, says Congress leader L Falerio.
- Congress to stake claim to form government in Goa, takes MLAs in bus to Raj Bhavan.
- No stay on Manohar Parrikar's oath taking.
- Supreme Court asks Goa governor to complete formalities by Wednesday, March 15, and conduct floor test on Thursday, March 16.
- Supreme Court orders immediate floor test, senior most MLA to be protem Speaker
- Governor to meet Congress delegation at 1:30 pm.
- It (floor test) can't be done prior to formation of Assembly: CJI to Congress counsel Singhvi
- Let there be a floor test today or tomorrow. Giving 15 days is not constitutionally correct procedure. This is a subversion of democracy: Singhvi
- Why didn't you approach governor with requisite numbers, Supreme Court asks Congress during hearing.
- In this situation only one party had number, so there was no question of inviting Congress. If you have the numbers, establish it now: CJI tells Congress counsel Abhishek Singhvi
- Failure on part of Congress leadership, cannot identify individual but there was a failure, says Vishwajit Rane, Cong MLA on government formation in Goa.
- Despite having 17 seats couldn't form government, our decision making was slow. There were lapses in decision making, says Congress MLA Vishwajit Rane.
- Congress gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over issue of government formation in Goa and Manipur.
- The tussle for power in Goa is also expected to echo in Parliament today. The Congress has accused the BJP of attempting to seize power in Goa where it was second to the Grand Old Party in the state elections. The Congress party is expected to level allegations of horse trading against the BJP to corner the government.
- The Congress has moved the Supreme Court against the appointment of BJP's Manohar Parrikar as the Chief Minister of Goa by the governor.
- The Congress has claimed that it should've been invited to form government by the governor by virtue of being the single largest party in the elections.
- The BJP has claimed majority in the State Assembly with the support of regional parties like MGP, GFP and 2 independent MLAs.
- The apex court is set to hear the matter on an urgent basis today.
- Manohar Parrikar expected to arrive for the swearing-in at Raj Bhavan at 5 pm today.
- AICC General Secretary Digvijaya Singh has already accepted the blame for the party's inability to stake claim to form a government on Monday.
- Manohar Parrikar, who resigned as Defence Minister on Monday, cautioned the 13 BJP MLAs against demanding ministerial portfolios because of the concessions which need to be made to accommodate allies.
- In Goa, the Congress has 17 legislators followed by BJP with 13, Goa Forward Party and MGP with three each, three independents and NCP (one).
Manohar Parrikar (BJP) - CM, Home, Finance, Education
Sudin Dhavalikar (MGP)- PWD
Vijai Sardesai (GFP) Town planning
Babu Azgaonkar (MGP)- Panchayat
Mauvin Godinho (BJP) - Health
Rohan Khaunte (Independent MLA)- Power
Govind Gawade (Independent MLA) Agriculture