SC clears Manohar Parrikar’s swearing-in as Goa CM
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SC clears Manohar Parrikar’s swearing-in as Goa CM

March 14, 2017

Orders floor test on Thursday; Congress says it has the numbers

In a big setback for Congress, the Supreme Court today ordered that a floor test in Goa be held on Thursday morning, refusing to stay the swearing-in ceremony of Manohar Parrikar as Chief Minister today evening.

The BJP has been invited to form the government in Goa despite winning fewer seats in the election. That decision — taken by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha — has been challenged by the Congress in court. While the Congress won 17 seats in the election, the BJP won 13, but secured the support of small regional parties taking the number of MLAs to 22.

The Congress told the Supreme Court that Governor Sinha’s decision to invite the BJP to form the government is “illegal” and a “blatant unconstitutional action” as the single-largest party should have been given the first chance.

“If you had the numbers, you would have held a dharna (protest) at the Governor’s house,” the Supreme Court said, adding that the Congress’ petition to the Judges also does not prove that it has the needed support.

Courts are on holiday, but Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and other Judges heard the petition on account of its  political urgency.

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