Election Results 2017: BJP moves fast in Goa & Manipur, Congress wallows in confusion

Amid the confusion, the Congress held a meeting of its newly elected 17 MLAs on Sunday afternoon.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Published:March 13, 2017 3:05 am
Goa elections, Goa election results, Parrikar CM, Goa CM Parrikar, Manohar Parrikar, defence minister Manohar Parrikar, Goa news, Nitin Gadkari, BJP, Congress, Manohar Parrikar as Goa CM, India news, Indian Express Manohar Parrikar was appointed Chief Minister of Goa on Sunday. (Express Photo)

The BJP has moved fast to declare a Chief Minister for Goa and to seal the numbers game in Manipur while the Congress has been slow off the blocks and shown confusion on the ground. Despite knowing that the BJP was working overtime to form a government in Goa, the Congress, sources said, could not decide on its chief ministerial nominee on Sunday.

The Goa Forward Party, which emerged as the key player with three MLAs, was opposed to state Congress president Luizinho Faleiro becoming the Chief Minister. It was said to be favourably disposed to Digambar Kamat. But there was hectic lobbying within the Congress which eluded the emergence of a consensus candidate.

Amid the confusion, the Congress held a meeting of its newly elected 17 MLAs on Sunday afternoon. The Congress is the single largest party in Goa. A secret ballot was used to elect a leader. The verdict along with a resolution authorising the high command to take a decision was sent to Delhi. Amid the delay, the BJP moved fast.

There is a background too. In the run-up to the Assembly elections in Goa, the newly formed Goa Forward Party was keen to have an alliance with the Congress.

Former Chief Minister Kamat was keen and so was AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh. But state Congress chief Luizinho Faleiro and those close to him were opposed to it.

Finally, the alliance did not materialise. Singh tried not to put up candidates in four seats — Fatorda, Siolim, Porvorim and Saligao — where the Goa Forward Party was contesting. That bid was also nixed. Finally, it did not field candidates in two seats.

On Sunday, as the Congress reached out to the Goa Forward Party for support, the local party baulked. It set the condition that it will not accept Faleiro as the Chief Minister. Singh and Kamat were holding talks with the parties.

The BJP, meanwhile, moved fast and conveyed to both the Goa Forward and estranged ally Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, a far more acceptable face, would return to Goa as Chief Minister.

The Congress, of course, alleged an under-hand deal. “They may say that we delayed the process of electing the legislature party leader… But for the BJP, they will not say these things… they will wait for 7-8 days,” senior Congress leader Shantaram Naik told The Indian Express. He claimed Nitin Gadkari and Parrikar had been camping in Goa for the last two days.

In Manipur, the numbers seem stacked against the Congress. While it emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats out of 60, getting allies has been a near impossible task. The Naga Peoples Front and National People’s Party, which secured four seats each, are allies of the BJP, as is the LJP which got one seat.

The Congress was hoping to break the BJP and if possible the two smaller parties. But the BJP turned the tables on it on Sunday as one Congress MLA crossed over to the BJP. Sources said, so did the lone Trinamool Congress MLA. AICC general secretary in-charge C P Joshi and senior leaders Ramesh Chennithala and Oscar Fernandes reached Imphal . But by the time they reached, the game seemed to be over.

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    Satendra kumar
    Mar 13, 2017 at 2:29 am
    The four states where BJP has won the election the two states Uttarkand and Uttar Pardesh with majority numbers and the state's Goa and Manipur with the alliance of independent or minority party's which has numbers to form government will be given great responsibility by the voters to run legimate government.
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      Outraged Indian
      Mar 13, 2017 at 6:44 am
      No wonder India was lumbering for the past 50 years or so under Congress rule.
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        SubbuI
        Mar 13, 2017 at 2:59 am
        VERY FAST .MID NIGHT COUP.GREAT.AMIT SHAH AND MODI GREAT COMBINATION. 2019, 2024 GAURANTEED. BUT? lt;br/gt;GINDAGI EK SAFFAR HAI SUHANE-YAHA KAL KYA HO KISNE JAANA?
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          Vkc
          Mar 13, 2017 at 9:43 am
          Ohh so this is typical congress. Slow in decision making, then ask raga can we make this guy cm? Then raga will ask mummy, mummy will talk to raga, raga asks diggu that do a secret ballot. 17 people need secret ballot (what)! These people will run government? A small startup have more than 17 people...three days you slept and now again TYPICAL​ congress blame modi ....
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            Aditya Kothari
            Mar 13, 2017 at 10:10 am
            I do not know what Congress was thinking they could have decided to with Kamat as chief minister as agreed by its allay and should have reached governor .lt;br/gt;They took their allay for granted and internal congress is always at war .Now BJP did a coup with ruthless execution . Hats off to BJP .They won hands down in game of numbers
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              BlahBlah
              Mar 13, 2017 at 7:36 pm
              lol....haath aaya par moonh na laga. Not only Congress is incompetent in campaigning but they are incompetent in forming government as well. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What was Oscar Fernandes doing in Delhi? Shouldn't they be posted in each state in case counting threw a spanner in the plan? That tells you the state of Congress. They are indecisive like their policies.
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                Anil
                Mar 13, 2017 at 2:53 am
                Good fast move by BJP. But it is also very important for BJP, to ensure that it continues to use this mandate to implement development activities and further win the hearts of our people. Jai Hind.
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                  Jai hind
                  Mar 13, 2017 at 11:47 am
                  The process demonetization was to grab money from opposition during election .. and they did it . now even after the election oppositions are struggling for breath without money .. since BJP has it abundantly they paid a lot to independent leaders ... Thus they form the government gt;gt;NOW hands up !!! Dont move ... those who are gonna abuse me ...... am not a traitor LOL ........... its the truth
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