New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday stepped in to defuse a potential crisis in Goa, ordering the BJP to go for a floor test and prove majority in the state.
The order came on a petition filed by the Congress, which said the BJP was invited to form government in Goa despite winning fewer seats in the assembly elections.
Congress wants the top court to stop Manohar Parrikar’s oath ceremony as Goa Chief Minister, planned for 5 pm today.
The BJP was invited by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha to which the Congress objected, claiming that it won the largest number of seats in the recently concluded assembly elections – 17. The BJP, which has won 13 seats, claims to have support from the elected MLAs of MGP, the GFP and independents.
BJP had earlier submitted a Letter of Support from 21 MLAs to Sinha to back its claim.
The Congress Legislative Party will also meet Sinha today to stake claim to form the next government in Goa, stating that they have adequate numbers on their side.
Congress earlier staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha, opposing BJP’s move to form government in Goa and Manipur where the saffron party got lesser number of seats but managed to win over independents and other parties to get to the majority mark.