Panaji, May 18: The Congress on Friday staked claim to form a government in Goa, claiming the single largest party in the state and handed over a memorandum to Governor Mridula Sinha.
Emerging from the Raj Bhavan, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar told media that a representation had been submitted to the Governor, requesting her to “right the past wrong” of inviting the BJP to form the government in Goa in March 2017 and now invite the 16-member Congress legislative party to form the government instead.
“We have asked her to do what the Karnataka Governor has done and invite the Congress as the single largest party to form the government in Goa. This current government has to be dismissed,” Kavlekar told reporters.
Goa: 13 Congress MLAs at Raj Bhavan, hand over memorandum to Governor Mridula Sinha saying Congress is the single largest party in the state pic.twitter.com/WCJ2DilCFN
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Kavlekar said that the Congress in Goa was capable of forming a government and prove its majority in the 40-member Assembly if it was invited to do so by the Governor.
“She has told us that she will respond to our letter in two days,” he added.
The BJP attained 13 seats in the last election compared to the 17 won by the Congress, which emerged as the single largest party.
Amid swift political maneuvering, the BJP staked claimed to power with two regional parties and independent MLAs and formed a coalition government after getting a swift nod from Governor Mridula Sinha.
At present, the Bharatiya Janata Party and its coalition allies have a strength of 23 MLAs, with 14 from the BJP, three each from Goa Forward and Maharashtrwadi Gomantak Party and three independent MLAs.