Congress exchanges fireworks with BJP over govt formation in Goa, Manipur

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The bench said the Congress has failed to show affidavits of support from the smaller parties.

Ashab arrived at Imphal Airport from Silcher of Assam this afternoon, around 1 pm along with state agriculture minister Md Nasir who was reelected from Lilong A/C of Thoubal district.

"Inspite of having 17 seats, they (the Congress) are still fighting internally, so no one is in the mood to support them", said Mr Parrikar.

"The BJP has been involved in horse-trading, promising sums, ministries, corporations and SUVs to the non-BJP MLAs to get their support", Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh alleged.

Congress leaders spoke in varied voices following the election verdict in five states, with some hinting at deep introspection and "decision" by Rahul Gandhi about his role, and others talking of fixing responsibility at the level of senior leaders. The election loss was a setback to the BJP which was in power.

In Goa, the Supreme Court has ordered a floor test on Thursday after the Congress challenged Governor Mridula Sinha's invitation to the BJP's Manohar Parrikar to form the government. "So far you have not refuted the claims and numbers of BJP". "The BJP managed to form an alliance and presented to the governor 21 out of 40 MLAs", he said. Three MLAs of the Goa Forward Party, three of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and two Independents have pledged their support to Parrikar.

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The Congress says that the Governor was obliged to invite it, as the party with the most seats, to form the government, and that a post-results alliance, as formed by the BJP, was wrongly given first dibs. He is set to meet Governor Dr Najma A Heptulla to formally stake claim to form the government.

Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi had offered to quit the leadership of Congress after the party's massive defeat in the last Lok Sabha polls but it was was rejected by the party.

"Manohar Parrikar will have to give resignation as defence minister before becoming Goa chief minister, but he has not given it yet", roads minister Nitin Gadkari told ANI news agency.

Parrikar should, however, prove his party's majority on the floor of the assembly within 48 hours instead of 15 days as directed earlier by the state governor. "The mandate of the people of Goa and Manipur has been stolen by the BJP".

"But it has neither elected a leader nor has it till date made any claim before the governor of Goa", Jaitley said.

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