Rahul Accuses BJP of ‘Throwing Money to Steal Mandate’ in Goa

In his very first reaction since the counting day on 11 March, Rahul Gandhi accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of misusing money for power – and for “stealing the mandate” to form governments in Goa and Manipur.

The Congress Vice-President recognised “the need for structural changes” in the party. On the BJP’s success in Uttar Pradesh, he said the Congress would continue to fight against their ideology.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had directed a floor test in the Goa Assembly on Thursday. However, it refused to interfere with the Governor's decision to appoint Manohar Parrikar as Chief Minister.

Directing the floor-test to determine the majority support, the bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice RK Agrawal said that all the formalities prerequisite to the floor test, including by the Election Commission, would be completed by 15 March.

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