Congress stakes claim to form government in Goa, claiming BJP's numbers may “dwindle”

Congress tells the Governor that the Manohar Parrikar government has lost the majority after the death of BJP MLA Francis D’Souza.

The Congress on March 16 staked claimed to form a government in Goa anticipating “that numbers of the BJP may dwindle”.

In a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly and senior Congress legislator Chandrakant Kavlekar claimed that the coalition government led by Manohar Parrikar is in minority and the BJP’s numbers may “dwindle” further, and demanded that she should invite the Congress, the single largest party in the Assembly to form a government.

The letter further stated that upon the recent demise of BJP MLA Francis D’Souza, the BJP-led government had also lost majority in the House.

“Also, we anticipate that the numbers of the BJP may dwindle, thus not allowing such a single party in the minority to continue even for a moment. It is, therefore, incumbent upon you to dismiss the government led by the BJP to ensure that the Congress, which is the single largest party in the House and is presently enjoying the majority be called to form a government,” Mr. Kavlekar stated in the letter.

Mr. Parrikar was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in February 2018 and has been taking treatment at his private residence after hospitalisation intermittently.

The BJP’s strength in the Assembly has come down to 13, against the Congress’s 14. The strength of the House has been reduced from 40 to 37 after the death of D’Souza and the resignation of Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte.

The Election Commission of India has announced bypolls to the three constituencies along with the Lok Sabha polls in Goa on April 23.

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