Goa Congress Demands Floor Test As CM Manohar Parrikar Remains Away Due To Health Issues

| September 19 , 2018 , 08:32 IST

Congress legislators in Goa have demanded a floor test by the BJP-led government to prove its majority in the 40-seat majority, alleging that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has lost the 'moral right' to continue in office since he has been away due to health issues. Parrikar is admitted in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi, undergoing treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer.

The Congress MLAs put forth their demand to Governor Mridula Sinha on Tuesday. In the letter, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar claimed that the Goa state government functioning had come to a grinding halt and that the Congress is committed to giving a "strong and stable functional Government," and has the requisite numbers to prove a majority.

In the 2017 Goa state assembly elections, the Congress had emerged as the single largest party with 17 seats, however, the BJP with 13 seats formed alliances with Goa Forward Party (GFP), Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), and independents to form a majority and then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar took over as Chief Minister, a post he had previously held.

The demands of the Congress included dismissal of the current government headed by Manohar Parrikar and that the Congress stake claim and be invited to form the government. The Congress legislators demanded that the governor summon a 1-day session of the Assembly to conduct a floor test, and urged the governor not to allow dissolution of the Assembly, since the elections took place just 1.5 years ago.

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"The BJP has a habit of recommending dissolution of the House when they dont have numbers with them. The governor should not allow such action in Goa as Congress is the single largest party in the House," Kavlekar said to media after the meeting.

"We don't want another election within one-and-a-half years," the Congress leader added.

"If the (BJP-led) coalition can't run the government, then we are ready to take over," Kavlekar said.

"There is absolutely no dispute amongst us on who would be the Chief Minister. We will reveal the name when floor test is called," he said.

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"Let the state government prove on the floor that they have majority or else we can show that we have more legislators than them," Kavlekar said.

Kavlekar said that the governor had assured them she would get back on the issue in 3-4 days.

The BJP on September 16 had ruled out a change in leadership in the state, claiming that Parrikar is fine. According to reports, many of Parrikar's portfolios will be transferred, to continue smooth running of the state. CM Parrikar is said to be suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has been undergoing treatment in Mumbai and in the US as well.