Former Congress MLA asks Digvijay Singh to quit after losing Goa

Panaji: Congress MLA Vishvajeet Rane on Thursday submitted his resignation to Protem Speaker Siddharth Kuncalienkar. Just moments before the floor test, a "disillusioned" Rane had declared that he would "vote with the Congress'. In order to fight the BJP ideologically, politically and electorally, we should have alliance of all democratic political parties", NCP leader D P Tripathi said.

The Congress gained majority in Punjab and emerged the single largest party in Manipur and Goa in the polls held during February and March.

Apart from the Bharatiya Janata Party's 13 MLAs, Parrikar also got support from three legislators of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), three legislators of Goa Forward party (GFP), two independents, and Nationalist Congress Party's lone member Churchill Alemao.

A group of Congress legislators in Goa had blamed the party's top leadership for the failure to form government in the coastal state, despite emerging as the single largest party. The delay ended in BJP making a better offer than Congress to GFP which tilted the balance in BJP's favour.

Since no consensus on CLP leadership was possible, I told them to speak to other elected MLAs - something I myself also did - to have a clarity on who enjoyed support of majority MLAs and scheduled a Sunday morning meeting to elect the CLP leader who could formally stake claim to form the government.

The Congress today demanded the dismissal of Goa governor Mridula Sinha, accusing her of the "constitutional impropriety" of consulting Union finance minister Arun Jaitley before inviting the BJP to form the government in the state.

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"I don't know whether Digvijay really wanted to form the Congress government in Goa".

Meanwhile, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at the Congress over the allegations.

In another setback for the Congress in Goa, senior leader Savio Rodrigues quit the party, saying he "cannot accept" Rahul Gandhi as his leader. "I spoke to Parrikar as well", Gadkari said.

"He (Shah) said if Parrikar were to be sent to Goa, the (BJP) Parliamentary Board will have to decide and his (Parrikar's) wish would also have to be considered", he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday asked BJP parliamentarians to work towards turning the youth into "ambassadors" of government's people-oriented schemes and said the perception of party-led ruling coalition had changed from a "working" government to a "performing" government. "See, we have got India's defence minister to resign and come back as Goa's chief minister". "She said she will meet us at 1:30 pm, though we wished that she should've met us earlier", Singh said.


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