Published: Wed, March 15, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

BJP-led NDA set to form govt in Manipur, Goa

BJP-led NDA set to form govt in Manipur, Goa

Congress has all but lost Goa, despite winning 17 seats in the 40-member assembly as compared to the BJP's 11.

The BJP, having won 21 seats, claimed the support of Naga Peoples Front (4), NPP (4), Lok Janshakti Party (1) and two Independents.

Earlier, BJP leaders led by Parrikar met Goa Governor Mridula Sinha to stake claim to forming the government in the coastal state.

There was even a secret ballot to select the CLP leader - an exercise results of which were incidentally kept a secret from the media and the party's junior MLAs.

The saffron party has announced that Union defence minister, Manohar Parrikar will be the chief minister of the coalition government. "What they did in Manipur and Goa is exactly the ideology we are fighting against", the Congress leader told reporters outside Parliament.

The second trend one notices in this election is a centrally driven election strategy and campaign by a national party like the BJP in states where it is making a bid to come snatch power from the incumbent. Parrikar was sworn in as the new Goa CM on Tuesday. The Congress has done it in the past, now the BJP is just as adroit at playing the "aya Ram, gaya Ram" game (or in Goa in the past described as "aya D'souza, gaya D'souza").

"Our campaign and our revealing of the truth of the past 15 years of Congress misrule reached out to the masses and that's why people turned out in such huge numbers and voted for change", Singh added.

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"Singhvi insisted on the floor test immediately on Tuesday or on Wednesday staying the swearing-in of Parrikar, but the Court disagreed to interfere in the Governor's decision to invite Parrikar to take oath and ordered the floor test on March 16 only after the 'formalities"' of constituting the new House are completed by the Election Commission.

Karnataka is too important a state both for the Congress or the BJP to lose.

Truth is, in both states, the smaller parties and independents have chosen the BJP over the Congress, largely because a Narendra Modi-led BJP is a more viable political brand across the country.

Being the single largest party, the Congress staked a claim to form government on March 13.

Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh had alleged that they had approached the Governor but no appointment was given to the Congress.

Meanwhile, the lone Nationalist Congress Party MLA Churchill Alemao, who has been a part of a Congress-led coalition government from 2007-12, has said he was keen to be a part of a government.

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