Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has proved his majority on the floor of the Goa Assembly. The BJP-led coalition government won the trust vote by 22 to 16. The coalition government also won the support of NCP MLA Churchill Alemao.
Congress, which claimed it had the numbers, faced another embarrassment as its MLA Vishwajit Rane abstained from voting in protest, taking the Congress numbers one down to 16. He later tendered his resignation as an MLA as well as member of the Congress Party.
As the pro-tem Speaker announced the trust vote, senior Congress MLA Pratapsingh Rane tried to ask him how many members were in the House as per the Constitution, but the pro-tem Speaker evaded his question.
Speaking at a press conference following the trust vote, Parrikar said the vote has debunked the claims of Congress’ Digvijaya Singh. Parrikar said a Cabinet meeting will be held at 11 am on Friday to clear the Governor’s speech in the Budget session. Parrikar said he will also allot portfolios to a few of his cabinet members and the notification would come out on Saturday. A full council of ministers will be announced only after the budget session is concluded.
Parrikar also said that the common minimum programme that Goa Forward’s Vijai Sardesai has insisted upon will be announced in the middle of April. This will highlight the path Goa will take in terms of its developmental policies.
The floor test had been advanced from 15 days to 48 hours after the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that the Governor call a one-day session at 11 am Thursday. This, after the Congress petitioned the apex court questioning how the Governor did not invite the single largest party to form government first.