Rahul calls for structural changes in Congress

Posted March 15, 2017

Congress claimed that the Governor has not followed constitutional convention of inviting the single largest party to form the government.

Earlier, in a dramatic development, the Congress had moved the apex court against Governor Sinha's decision, despite the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerging as the second largest party.

Vishwajit P. Rane, the Congress MLA from Valpoi and son of Pratapsingh Rane, had also announced that he was quitting the party.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley has justified Goa governor Mridula Sinha's decision to invite a coalition led by the BJP instead of the Congress, the largest party, to form the ministry in the state. This has only livened up the prospects of forming a BJP-led government in Manipur. Doesn't it violate the Sarkaria Commission guidelines?

Parrikar was Goa chief minister before joining the Narendra Modi government as defence minister in November 2014.

The court took on record the CLP leader's communication to the Governor on March 12, 2017 staking claim, but noted that it was shown to be served only the next day after the Governor had issued an order appointing Parrikar as the Chief Minister. But JMM was called to form the government at the behest of the Congress.

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In the fractured outcome of the 40-member Goa assembly elections, the Congress won 17 seats as against the BJP's 13. In Manipur, former footballer and journalist N. Biren Singh will go through the formal ceremony on Wednesday. "You haven't demonstrated before the Governor that number is in your favour", Court said.

Now five years down the line, the party is in power in 13 states. Biren and one or two elected members may take oath. "We will definitely have over 21 MLAs with us", he said. On the other hand, BJP's Manohar Parrikar has the support of 21 MLAs and would prove his majority.

Ibobi Singh had pinned his hope on the NPP, which has four MLAs.

Reports said that he has to confine himself in the lobby room of the airport as he was not in a position to out from the airport where large numbers of Congress and BJP leaders were there.

Moreover, the party could have protested before the state governor and convince her by presenting the list of supporters. The Congress, on its part, breathed fire with its vice-president Rahul Gandhi accusing the BJP of "stealing" the people's mandate and "undermining democracy" with the use of money power.

During the hearing, the judges also observed that the Congress should have "run" to the Governor immediately after the results were declared to form the government.