Supreme Court orders floor test in Goa to be held on Thursday

Goa, 14 March: Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered floor test to be held on Thursday after Congress knocked up apex court against the governor’s invitation to BJP to form the government.

The apex court, however, refused to stay swearing-in of Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday.

The Senior lawyer Harish Salve represented Central government while Abhishek Singhvi represented Congress.

Earlier the Congress Party has knocked up Supreme Court’s door after Goa governor Mridula Sinha invited 13-MLA BJP to form the government despite winning the highest 17 legislatures in 40 seats state assembly.

Congress has contended the Governor’s decision as it violates the “established constitutional practice” of inviting the single-largest party in a hung Assembly. Congress has filed a petition in SC challenging appointment of Manohar Parrikar as Goa CM.

Congress leaders condemned the decision of governor terming it unconstitutional.

While on the other side, BJP has announced Manohar Parrikar as its CM. He is scheduled to swear-in as the Chief Minister of Goa Today. BJP has also sent a letter to Governor to prove its majority with 21 legislatures.

On Saturday poll results for assembly elections were announced and no party received a clear majority in the 40-member Goa assembly. Congress won the highest 17 seats while the BJP had won 13 seats.

 Wefornews Bureau

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