According to the results of the assembly elections in Goa, Congress was ahead of BJP although neither had a clear majority. Along with the help of other parties BJP formed a majority and was set to form a government in Goa, with Manohar Parrikar swearing-in as Chief Minister on Tuesday evening itself after he resigned from post of Defence Minister earlier.
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Representing Congress in the Supreme Court, Abhishek Singhvi alleged that constitutional practices are being violated by the BJP and that they are involved in horse trading to secure their majority. He cited precedents, that even in a hung house, the party with the most votes is invited to form government first. Since the majority votes were with Congress, they should have had first chance to form government in Goa.
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Hearing Congress’ petition, Supreme Court asked where are the numbers? The bench headed by CJI Khehar observed that numbers should determine the single largest party in Goa for forming government. The SC also asked Congress did not approach the Governor of Goa over the issue of government formation.
The Supreme Court announced its decision that a floor test is to be conducted in the state ahead of government formation.
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