Shiv Sena Dubs Forming Government In Goa In Mid Night As A Terrible State Of Democracy

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New Delhi: In a scathing attack on the political drama between the BJP and its allies in Goa over the leadership issue, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday dubbed it as a “terrible state of democracy”, saying they did not even wait for late chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s ashes to cool down.

The “shameless game of power” started even before Parrikar’s ashes could merge with the land of Gomantak, the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

It claimed that had the BJP waited till Tuesday, its government in Goa would have fallen and one of the two deputy chief ministers would have joined the Congress and got the desired post, it claimed.

BJP MLA Pramod Sawant was sworn in as the new chief ,Minister of Goa just before 2 am on Tuesday, capping a day of hectic parleys between the saffron party and its allies to put a new government in place in the state.

After multiple postponements of the oath ceremony on Monday, the day Parrikar was cremated with state honours, 11 other ministers, including those from BJP’s allies Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP), were also sworn in.

As per the power-sharing arrangement reached with allies, an MLA each from two small parties backing the BJP in Goa will be made deputy chief minister, according to sources.

They are GFP chief Vijai Sardesai and MGP legislator Sudin Dhavalikar.

“In the end, those who were eyeing their shares like cats ended the game post Monday midnight with the swearing in of Sawant as the chief minister along with his two deputies,” the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said.

“This is a terrible state of democracy. They should have waited for Parrikar’s ashes to cool down. What would have happened had they waited till Tuesday morning for the oath taking ceremony? it asked.

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