No Horse-Trading, Congress MLAs Want to Join BJP: Goa CM Parrikar

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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Tuesday that some Congress MLAs have expressed interest in joining the BJP.

In an exclusive interview to NDTV, Parrikar said: "I can't stop anyone from sending me messages. I'm not interested but I can't stop people from messaging that they are interested in resigning and joining (BJP)."

Congress legislators reportedly had a heated discussion with party general secretary Digvijay Singh on Tuesday morning.

Congress legislator, Vishwajit Rane on Wednesday said that he had written to Rahul Gandhi about his reservations. “If he (Rahul Gandhi) doesn’t respond, then me and some others will decide if it is ideal to stay in party,” he added.

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Without taking any names, Rane had earier said that the Congress failed to form the government in Goa, despite having 17 seats, as the party was slow to make a decision.

In the interview, Parrikar denied the accusations made by the Congress that the BJP was involved in any horse-trading. He said that the BJP had not given any monetary incentives for support.

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The BJP staked claim even after Congress managed to muster 17 seats in the Assembly elections. Congress took the matter to the Supreme Court, calling it unconstitutional. On its part, the SC refused to put a stay on Parrikar's oath taking and passed an order to hold a floor test on 16 March.

Parrikar took oath as the state's chief minister for the fourth time on Tuesday.

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