Goa Assembly: Parrikar govt wins floor test, one Cong MLA goes missing, later quits 

At the Chief Minister’s office, Parrikar was far more relaxed as he referred to a local dish, which uses all kinds of vegetables, to say that his government will be like the “Khandthi, only richer”.

Written by Smita Nair | Panaji | Updated: March 17, 2017 8:57 am
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THE BJP-LED post-poll alliance led by Manohar Parrikar won the floor test in Goa Thursday with 22 MLAs standing up in the House to tilt the vote of confidence in its favour. The Congress, which had 17 MLAs before voting started, suffered the embarrassment of one of them, Viswajit Rane, abstaining from voting during the test, which ended 22-16 in favour of the new state government. Rane took the oath along with 38 other MLAs, excluding Parrikar and pro-tem speaker Siddharth Kuncalienkar, but left the House soon after.

Speaking to The Indian Express later, Rane, son of veteran Congress leader and former Goa chief minister Pratapsingh Rane, said that he has resigned from the party over the “disgusting failure of the Congress in Goa”.Criticising the party’s central observers, particularly AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh, Rane said the decision to resign was taken after he heard that Singh had alleged that he had sided with the BJP and was seen having tea with Parrikar at a hotel.

“That was a huge statement he made. I decided then that I will quit the party and abstain from voting. Such statements cannot be tolerated. In the whole campaign, we worked as one force fighting BJP and all non-secular fronts. We have worked hard to reach here, and this absolute lethargy by Singh and the central observers, who came here, was shocking,” said Rane.

Significantly, the NCP’s Churchill Alemao, too, stood in favour of the Parrikar government, promising support from outside. The NCP later threatened action under the anti-defection law against Churchill asking him to respond within seven days on his decision to support the BJP without seeking the central leadership’s consent.

\After days of speculation over government formation, the first day of the new assembly began with Kuncalienkar, elected from Panjim, administering the oath to the MLAs.

Soon, the floor test was called. A minute later, Congress MLA and senior-most Opposition leader Pratapsingh Rane asked the Speaker if the house was full and if votes taken in the absence of an MLA would be against the Constitution. His question went unheard as Kuncalienkar asked everyone supporting the government to stand, leading to the show of strength in favour of Parrikar’s team.

Later, standing on the steps of the assembly, Parrikar said he would be “the first Chief Minister to run a coalition government smoothly in Goa”. “In fact, we will teach everyone,” he said.

Parrikar also said that the BJP would soon send a legal notice for defamation to the Congress for all the allegations of “money power” levelled by the AICC leadership over the last three days.

Later, in the first official press conference of the new government, Parrikar announced that one portfolio each would be given to every minister by Friday evening. He said that the position of deputy chief minister and the Rajya Sabha seat would be decided by the “coalition government”.

With the budget session to begin soon, Parrikar said the priority of the government was to begin work at the soonest. “I have not touched any important file. Policy decisions will have to be taken by the coalition government and hence, I have only cleared some routine files,” he said.

The new government has also fixed April 14 as the deadline to arrive at a “common minimum programme drafted by the collective ideology of the coalition government”, said Parrikar. “It will look into aspects of Goa’s development and the medium for generating employment in the state,” he said.

Vijai Sardesai, leader of Goa Forward, which fought the election on an anti-BJP plank before offering support to Parrikar, said he remained committed to the government’s vision. Asked about his party’s change in stand, he said, “The past is past. The future is only Goa first.” Parrikar intervened to say, “Goa First and Fast Forward”.

At the Chief Minister’s office, Parrikar was far more relaxed as he referred to a local dish, which uses all kinds of vegetables, to say that his government will be like the “Khatkate\, only richer”.

Repeatedly taking digs at the Congress, Parrikar said, “They didn’t have the numbers on day one, or when they went to court. Even when they went to the floor test today, they had one less than 17. We have succeeded in debunking Digvijaya Singh’s claims.”

His harshest words, too, were reserved for the Congress. “One needs to ask the Digvijayas on all these allegations. The problem with the Congress is that there is no common leadership. They need to stand together. They are jittery. I want to know the maths behind the number of suitcases that have gone out of Goa and not just the numbers that have come in, as he alleges,” he said.

While the next test for Parrikar is to get elected to the assembly within six months, he said “There are many choices. I will stand when the time comes. For now, the budget is the next priority.”

Digvijaya Singh, meanwhile, said he would update Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over the weekend on the party’s situation in Goa.

Providing his version of the events leading to the floor test, Singh said, “To tell the truth, three Independents and the NCP were with us. Everyone is saying we should have sent the letter that day (March 11) itself. Tell me, where has it happened that a party, which stakes claim, sends a letter of support without electing its new leader. It was all happening between 4 pm and 7 pm on March 12. On the other side, (Goa Forward leader) Vijai Sardesai was asking for Digambar Kamat as the chief minister candidate. We wanted to know (Goa Congress chief) Luizinho’s reply as he had good support, too, and had worked equally hard. He gave his confirmation by evening and things were comfortable.”

Singh said that “a lot of things changed” by the morning of March 12.

“The Independent Rohan Khaunte’s phone had become unreachable. We then found that even Sardesai wasn’t answering our calls. We were left with two Independents and the NCP. Things again went wrong in two hours. We don’t want to take names but no one can deny that money had changed hands,” alleged Singh.

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First Published on: March 17, 2017 4:45 am
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    Mar 17, 2017 at 8:26 am
    Modi already lost the 2019 election from the current embly election results we see. lt;br/gt;If people were supporting modis policies why did they lose Punjab(3rd place), and did even get half the seats in goa and Manipur with no pre alliances, and modi and media is thumping chests that it's an acceptance of his policies. UP also is won due to current state govt inefficient rule and nothing to do with modis brainless policieslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;so why did parikar removed from DM to become CM of a small state of goa, just because a ally asked he should be the CM, was bjp so desparate to rule goa?lt;br/gt;Truth is all these ministers are underperforming, including Jaitley, so a revamp is soon on the cards, but that will not help either.
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      ashok s
      Mar 17, 2017 at 1:04 am
      A honest minister pushed backed to state . bjp n congis pla a wonderful game .so defense deals obstructed by Mr parikar can be carried fforth .
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        chalyr
        Mar 17, 2017 at 1:33 am
        1) And congi guys are implanting young impressionable minds; they are h@lluc !n@ting and visualizing covert strategies in everything bjp is doing.
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          chalyr
          Mar 17, 2017 at 1:34 am
          2) First, they are joining it strongly to hindutva, where as the fact is that bjp is keeping itself at safe distance from it and being more people centric.
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            chalyr
            Mar 17, 2017 at 1:37 am
            3) So c0n gis are pl@ying their c0m m unal th em es and off ering tic ket s and br @!n w as hing those who didn't g et chanc e by first telli ng them t hat they are min0 rities.
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              chalyr
              Mar 17, 2017 at 1:37 am
              4) Then these guys are joining it to manuvaad, without knowing what knowing actual interpretations of manu.
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                chalyr
                Mar 17, 2017 at 1:38 am
                5) Some misinterpreted published statements are easy enough to t@rnish the actual works of manu, posthumously. 6) Where as they have a w gamut of orth0 dox patriarchal books written by men, not sage or god, in other religions which is responsible for divisive politics war and terrorism.
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                  Kay Gee
                  Mar 17, 2017 at 5:30 am
                  Manu is father of all human kind.
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                    Kay Gee
                    Mar 17, 2017 at 5:31 am
                    Manu made a will, describing duties of all his sons and daughters.
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                      babu
                      Mar 17, 2017 at 1:46 am
                      OK
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                        Krish
                        Mar 16, 2017 at 6:18 pm
                        Congress has to understand that it is no more pre eminent force or Party in the country and when it is facing an existential crisis it has to be on the alert always. The days are such that if somebody sleeps the other takes away the fortune. If it still feels it can live in the past glory it will be sadly mistaken and disappointed. Krish
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                          Sankaran Krishnan
                          Mar 17, 2017 at 3:49 am
                          With Congress MLA missing and later quits says it all that all is not well at the Congress party and what is the point in blaming others when the Congress Observer or in-charge failed to act at once when the results are announced and this only exposes the brain drain of their own leaders !!!
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                            Kamal Pasha
                            Mar 16, 2017 at 7:28 pm
                            Not a very big majority. Only 2 votes. Will be very difficult to run the state smoothly.
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                              ramesh
                              Mar 17, 2017 at 4:25 am
                              EVM tampering no answers for not reaching majority in goa and manipur surprising
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                                Girish Rao
                                Mar 17, 2017 at 1:29 am
                                Mr Parrikar good luck to you diggy good lick to you
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                                  DR SAMPATH
                                  Mar 16, 2017 at 7:23 pm
                                  Rightly said...but from day 1 post independence there was no "glory" at all ..!lt;br/gt;it was only goonda- dynasty - vote bank - looting politics .lt;br/gt; nehru became pm by sabotage and blackmail over patel even after losing by 16 :1 lt;br/gt;indira split congress to serve her own dynasty lineage lt;br/gt;rajiv enjo travelling world wide with wife and kids more as a tourist..lt;br/gt;no need to say more about sonia and the looters ..u knew well !lt;br/gt;rahul crticises note ban but travels to foreign location to celebrate new year when indians are painstakingly sacrificing so much for better India in that tough period !lt;br/gt;So it more or less the same party . but the only differnce is rise of Right minded - hindutva -good governance-people centric politics and self ertion of millions of Hindus for RIGHT TO LIVE with DIGNITY N DEVELOPMENT
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