A year after elections Congress party suddenly stakes claim to form government in Goa

More than a year after Goa assembly elections, the Congress party on Sunday suddenly staked claim to form government in the state. The Congress legislative party led by Chandrakant Kavlekar met with Governor Mridula Sinha at her residence on Sunday afternoon. They submitted a letter to the Goa governor urging her to follow the example of Karnataka’s Governor Vajubhai Vala by giving them a chance to form the government for being the single largest party.

“We requested the governor to follow the precedent of Karnataka and undo the mistake she had committed on 12 March, 2017 when she invited the minority party (BJP) to form the government,” Kavlekar said, adding, “We have given a time of seven days to revert to us on our request.”

The Congress party claimed that they have the magic number of 21 seats with them and hence they should be given an opportunity to form their majority. “We have all the required numbers with us to form the government in the state. We can prove our numbers on the floor of the House. The magic figure of 21 is there with Congress… even without poaching into BJP camp,” Goa Pradesh Congress Committee chief Girish Chodankar told reporters outside Raj Bhavan.

“In Karnataka, the governor invited the single largest party, hence in Goa too, the same precedent should be followed,” he said referring to the decision of Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala to invite the BJP to form the government after the Assembly election results were declared on Wednesday.

In the Assembly elections held in February last year, the Congress had bagged 17 seats in the 40-member House, falling short of the majority figure by four seats. The BJP, which had bagged 13 seats, firmed up an alliance with Goa Forward Party and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, both of which had secured three seats each, and also took the support of three Independents.