Outfoxed in Goa by BJP's Manohar Parrikar, Congress creates ruckus on Rajya Sabha floor

The uproar in Rajya Sabha began after Congress MP Digvijaya Singh raised the Goa issue, accusing Governor Mridula Sinha of inviting the BJP to form the government despite the Congress being the single-largest party.

Congress MPs stormed to the well in Rajya Sabha today, protesting the formation of the government in Goa and calling it unconstitutional, forcing Deputy Speaker PJ Kurien to adjourn the House.

The uproar in Rajya Sabha began after Congress MP Digvijaya Singh raised the Goa issue, accusing Governor Mridula Sinha of inviting the BJP to form the government despite the Congress being the single-largest party.

Digvijay Singh said Sinha had made a public statement of having spoken to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for consultation before inviting Manohar Parrikar to form the government.

"The Governor's conduct can only be discussed on the basis of a substantive motion," Kurien replied. Parliamentary Affairs Minister MA Naqvi said the government is ready for a discussion "if the Congress brings a substantive motion".

On Thursday, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar won the trust vote in the Goa Assembly, with 22 MLAs supporting his government. The 22 MLAs who supported the motion belong to the BJP (minus the pro-tem Speaker), three each from the Goa Forward and the MGP, three independents, and senior NCP MLA Churchill Alemao.

The Congress was the single largest party with 16 MLAs. Earlier today, Digvijaya Singh, who is facing flak for his handling of the Goa polls, claimed his proposal for a pre-poll alliance with Goa Forward was "sabotaged" by his own party leaders.

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