In a major political development, Congress has staked claim to form government in Goa. the Goa Congress has written to Governor Mridula Sinha asking her to dismiss the BJP-led coalition in the state. Congress has also stated in the letter to Governor that if any attempt to bring Goa under President’s rule, it will be illegal and will be challenged in the apex court.

In a letter, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar has maintained that the BJP led state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has lost the strength of the house with having less majority. The Governor should dismiss state government and ensure that the Indian National Congress Party which is the single largest party in the august house and is presently enjoying the majority be called to form the government in the state.

The Congress had 17 MLAs when the election results were declared in February 2017. But the party lost three MLAs to the BJP, after which the BJP formed the government in the state. Meanwhile, The Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has been fighting pancreatitis for several months, and is being admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi for examination and treatment.

The Congress has also warned that any action in violation of the constitutional mandate to invite the single largest party to form the government and any attempt to bring the state under President’s rule will be undemocratic and illegal and will be challenged in the court.

The Congress unit of Goa admitted that the state is running out of head and BJP has not much support to clear its floor test if Governor performs her duty to inform BJP led government for the floor test.

The Congress is the single largest party in the 40-member Assembly with claiming of having 16 MLAs, while the BJP, which has 14 MLAs, is supported by three members each of the Goa Forward Party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, one Nationalist Congress Party legislator and three independent MLAs.

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