Chidambaram accuses BJP of ‘stealing elections’ in Goa and Manipur

In Goa, the BJP stitched up a rainbow coalition with parties such as MGP and GFP who wanted Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to return as chief minister.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 13, 2017 9:21 pm
narendra modi, BJP win, BJP leader, BJP victory, state assembly election results, election results 2017, UP election results 2017, Uttarakhand election results 2017, india news, indian express news Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram.  PTI Photo

Former union minister P Chidambaram joined the chorus of Congress leaders in accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party of not respecting the people’s mandate and, instead, staking claim to form government in Goa and Manipur.

Chidambaram, who held the finance and home portfolios in the erstwhile UPA government, accused the BJP of “stealing elections”. “A party that comes second has no right to form the Government. BJP stealing elections in Goa and Manipur,” he tweeted.

The BJP finished second in Goa and Manipur, behind Congress which emerged as the single largest party. In Goa, the BJP stitched up a rainbow coalition with parties such as MGP and GFP who wanted Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to return as chief minister.

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They also claimed to have the support of two independents. Goa Governor Mridula Sinha appointed Parrikar as chief minister after he submitted letters of support from 21 MLAs — 13 from BJP, 3 from MGP, 3 from GFP and two independents. He was asked to prove his strength in the assembly in 15 days. Parrikar is expected to resign as MoD after the BJP announces the date of swearing-in.

Congress’ Goa in-charge, Digvijaya Singh apologised to the people of Goa for failing to form government despite their best efforts. “Money Power has won over People’s Power. I apologise to the People of Goa as we couldn’t muster the support to form the Govt,” Digvijaya Singh tweeted.

In Manipur, despite the Congress having 28 MLAs, the BJP staked claim to form the government. It met Governor Najma Heptulla and submitted letters of support from NPP’s four MLAs and one of the LJP, and said it also had another four MLAs of the NPF. This takes it total to 31 MLAs, past the halfway mark. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh also met the Governor, but could parade only 27 MLAs as one of the Congress MLAs expressed willingness to join the BJP. He requested Heptulla to invite the Congress to form government.

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    Shankar
    Mar 13, 2017 at 12:02 pm
    Look who is talking, after decades of loot and anarchy, just as recent until 2014, this Congress was involved in all kinds of Trading( besides horse) and now whining, come on PC, Ur days are over , U guys hv NONE to be called LEADER, so just take a chill pill and hang your boots.
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      Dinesh
      Mar 13, 2017 at 11:51 am
      Chidambaram you are Biggest C U N T
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        Sivaramakrishnan
        Mar 13, 2017 at 4:59 am
        In 2009 Lok Sabha election Chidu used all his political, money and thug power and made the EC to recount till he won... in all the EC recounted 17times to make Chidu win!!! You have no moral or ethical right to talk about others...... And the worst part is the Court is still siting on judgement on his win but he had completed his five years term, presented 2/3 budget, held post of HM etc etc... Our Judiciary is still sitting and laying eggs on his win!!
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          Regi
          Mar 13, 2017 at 12:18 pm
          Sir u dont have good leaders to do things fast no decision makers..better bjp do it who are capable to do things by hook and nook....
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            Vel
            Mar 13, 2017 at 11:23 am
            Time has for him to get behind the bars for looting and pering the economy and fooling innocents
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              SubbuI
              Mar 13, 2017 at 5:17 am
              AMIT SHAH ARRANGED ABOUT THOUSANDS OF KARYAKARTHAS BOTH HINDUS AND MUSLEMS OF GUJARATH TO SPREAD WORDS THAT AS MUSLEMS OF GUJARATH ARE SAFE AND THERE ARE NO RIOTS AFTER 2002 MASACARElt;br/gt;AND URED THE MINORITES THE SAME IF THEY VOTE FOR MODI. THAT DID THE TRICK
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                SubbuI
                Mar 13, 2017 at 5:10 am
                BJP WORKERS FROM GUJARAHPTH BOTH HINDUS AND MUSLIMS URED MUSLIMS THAT THEY ARE SAFE UNDER MIDI AS THE MUSLIM ARE IN GUJARATH AFTER 2002 RIOTS UNDER MODI THEN AND AFTERWARDS.SO MUSLIMS VOTED THISTIME IN LARGE TO BJP AND MODI
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                  SubbuI
                  Mar 13, 2017 at 5:22 am
                  THE MUSLIM PROTECTION URANCE IN FAVOUR OF VOTING RSS IDEOLGY BASED PARTY WERE PROBAGATED FOR LAST SIX MONTHS IN BOTH RIOT AFFECTED AREAS IN WESTEN U.P AND OTHER MUSLIMDOMINATED POCKETSlt;br/gt;THE FEAR WAVE WORKED AND MUSLIMS 43% OF VOTES VOTED THOUGH RELUCTENTLY BUT WITH A HOPE
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                    SubbuI
                    Mar 13, 2017 at 6:36 am
                    AFTER DOMONTESATON THARE IS NO MONEY WITH CONGRESS TO BY TWO REGIONAL PARTY GROUPS.BUT WITH AMIT SHAH IT IS DIFFERENT.HE HAS MONEY MUSCLE AND POWER NOWc. ALL DOGS HAS ITS DAY. ITS IS BJP DAYSlt;br/gt;SUBMIT OR PERISH. GFP AND GGP OPTED THE FIRST CHOICE.REWARDS. WILL FOLLOW .
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