Congress Wants Floor Test In Goa Assembly By Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar


New Delhi: The Goa Congress told Governor Mridula Sinha on Tuesday evening that a special session of the state assembly should be convened and Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to be asked to take a floor test, The Congress’s move comes amidst concerns over the health of 62-year-old Parrikar, who had been flown to Delhi’s AIIMS on Saturday, for treatment.

Emerging from Raj Bhavan at Dona Paula, Leader of Opposition in the assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar told reporters that the Governor had sought four-five days to get back to them. “The manner in which they (ruling coalition) are handling the leadership issue and the bickering … she should call a special one-day session,” Kavlekar said. Congress leaders think the party has a real chance to get the numbers to push its vote of no-confidence against the Parrikar government at such a session.

The BJP, however, insisted that there was no risk to its government.

“How can the Congress stake a claim? We have a majority. Not a single bill has failed in the assembly. Someone has to withdraw their support,” BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said.

The BJP, which has 14 seats of the 40 seats in the assembly, had stitched an alliance with regional players Goa Forward Party (GFP) and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), which have three seats each, after assembly elections last year. The coalition also had the support of three independent members of the House, taking its strength to 23. The majority mark was 21.

The Congress, the state’s single-largest party, has 16 seats. Plus, one seat is held by the Nationalist Congress Party, a Congress ally.

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