Digvijaya stopped us from staking claim: Goa Congress

While the Congress leadership in the national capital remained busy with alleged "Constitutional impropriety" of Goa Governor Mridula Sinha both in the House and outside it, and urged President Pranab Mukherjee to dismiss her for "dereliction of duty", in Goa, the hurt still fresh, party MLAs are now deciding for themselves. The Congress had emerged as the largest party in the state winning 28 seats, but the party fell short of majority. BJP's Nongthombam Biren Singh will later in the day take oath as the Chief Minister of Manipur.

The Raj Bhavan has invited Nongthombam Biren to form the government. As per procedure, I had a letter drafted for the Governor to inform her that we would be staking claim to form the government but as told by Singh that as per the convention, the Governor would call us.

Having been on fast for 16 years against the Armed Forces (Special Protection) Act, Sharmila ended the fast and said she would contest and win elections to ensure that the draconian law is repealed. I go by the book, and I know the rules and regulations. This was the price the BJP, which had won just 13 seats in the 40-member Goa Assembly, had to pay for its desperation to form the government in the state. Even as votes were still being counted, BJP president Amit Shah said the BJP would form a government in Goa.

"We had requested that the swearing-in ceremony should be held at the historic Kangla Fort". A minister in the erstwhile Congress government of Okram Ibobi Singh, the 56-year old had quit the party to join the BJP in October last year.

With the demand for making structural changes to strengthen the party to overcome the humiliating defeat in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, in-charge general secretaries of several states are expected to be replaced, said the leader. Many are analysing that highlighting "Hindu" image of BJP has helped the party win elections in UP, where minority appeasement by SP over the decades, has been disappointing Hindus. "Is this the moral and character of any political party?" he asked. The Dalit vote card of Mayavati's BSP also did not work. "The new government should start functioning immediately", she said.

  • Leroy Wright