Congress stakes claim to form government in Goa

Panaji, Sep 17: Goa Congress on Monday staked claim to form a government in the coastal state.

Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar visited Raj Bhavan and submitted a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha’s office signed by all 16 Congress MLAs, seeking that she should not dissolve the Assembly and pave way for fresh polls.

The Congress urged the Governor to invite the Congress, the single largest party, to form a government in Goa.

“Submitted two memorandums and requested that situation to undergo election within 18 months shouldn’t arise. People elected us for 5 yrs. If present government is not capable to function, we should be given the chance, we’ll do it” Kavlekar told media.

“We’re a single largest party, should have been given the chance earlier. See how the government is functioning today. Government hote huye bhi na ke barabar hai. We have numbers so we’re staking a claim. Governor will be here tomorrow. We’ll request him for it”, he added.

With 16 Members, the Congress is the single largest party in the 40-member Goa Assembly, while the BJP, which has 14 MLAs, which is backed by three members each of Goa Forward and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, a Nationalist Congress Party legislator and three independent MLAs.


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