Goa floor test: Parrikar wins trust vote 22-16

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Goa Chief Ministers Manohar Parrikar emerged victorious winning 22 votes in floor test in Goa assembly on Thursday. The Congress received a mere 16 votes, one vote less than what they originally won in the assembly polls. Parrikar won 22 votes including those of BJP MLAs, legislators of the Goa Forward party, 3 independent MLAs and 3 MLAs from the MGP.

Manohar Parrikar

The Congress saw rebellion within its ranks after it failed to consolidate support to form the government with MLAs such as Vishwajit Rane seeking Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's intervention. The rebellion seems to have affected the Congress during the trust vote with Rane being absent from his seat when the voting was underway. The BJP managed to secure 22 votes, one vote more than required to prove majority while the Congress lost 1 vote with 16 legislators supporting the party.

The BJP walked into the assembly with the confidence of winning the floor test and managed to secure ever single vote that was promised to them by their allies. The Congress had almost given up on the floor test admitting that they were unable to breach the BJP ranks. The floor test was ordered by the Supreme Court after the Congress sought a stay on Parrikar's swearing-in as the chief minister.

How  the drama unfolded:

March 16, 2017

12:44 pm: Digvijaya's claims that they have numbers, debunked. Right from the beginning they didnt have numbers: Manohar Parrikar, Goa CM

12:35 pm: 3 GFP, 3 MGP, 1 NCP and 2 Independents support Parrikar

12:34 pm: 16 MLAs opposed, 22 supported and one was absent during the Goa floor test

12:32 pm: Parrikar wins floor test as 22 MLAs support him in Goa assembly

12:00 pm: Congress' allegations of BJP snatching power in Goa and Manipur are baseless: Venkaiah Naidu

11:56 am: Floor test to begin soon after MLAs take oath in assembly

11:33 am: Floor test begins in Goa assembly

11:32 am: Manohar Parrikar in assembly ahead of floor test

11:25 am: "Nothing less than Rs 1,000 crore have been spent by the BJP to lure and buy MLAs over to their side,"Girish Chodankar, Secretary, AICC

11:24 am: "We have got the Defence Minister of India to resign, how can we back-stab him?" says Vijay Sardesai, Goa Forward Party, ahead of floor test

11:22 am: BJP has used money in Goa and Manipur. Mandate has been stolen: Rahul Gandhi in Chandigarh

11:19 am: BJP has used money in Goa and Manipur. Mandate has been stolen: Rahul Gandhi in Chandigarh

11:16 am: BJP gave Goa due importance. They were faster than the Congress. Many within the Congress are vying for power: Vijay Sardesai, Goa forward party.

11:13 am: MLAs take oath, assembly session to begin at 11.30 AM

11:03 am: BJP claims to have support of 22 MLAs, 1 more than magic number 21 to continue in the government

10:58 am: Congress should perform its role of an able opposition:Venkaiah Naidu ahead of Goa floor test

10:41 am: "As of now,I am with Congress party. I am going to vote for Congress," Vishwajeet Rane, MLA Congress

9.30 am: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar reaches state assembly, ahead of the floor test at the special session today.

March 14, 2017

5.12 pm: Manohar Parrikar arrives at Raj Bhavan for swearing-in ceremony

3.45pm: All allegations of BJP using financial power in Goa and Manipur are baseless: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Rahul Gandhi

3.40 pm: "In J&K 2002, the National Conference won 28 MLAs but the Governor invited the PDP & Congress Combination of 15 + 21 MLAs to form the Government," Jaitley added.
"In 2013 the BJP won 31 seats in Delhi, but the AAP with 28 MLAs with the support of Congress was invited to form the Government. There are other precedents on the same lines available in 1952 (Madras), 1967 (Rajasthan) and 1982 (Haryana)," Jaitley said in his post.

3.38 pm: Arun Jaitley listed out previous instances where post-poll alliances were allowed to form the government after proving majority. "In 2005, BJP won 30 out of 81 seats in Jharkhand. The JMM leader Shri Shibu Soren with a support of 17 MLAs of his Party plus others was invited to form the Government," he said.

3.36 pm: Reminding the congress that the poll results throw up a hung assembly, Jaitley said the Congress had the support of only 17 MLAs but protested against the Governor's decision to invite Manohar Parrikar to form the Government with the support of 21 out of 40 MLAs deeming it 'a murder of democracy'.

3.34 pm: Union Minister for Finance and in-charge minister of defence Arun Jaitley took to his social media page to react to Rahul Gandhi's accusations against the BJP.

In a post on Facebook, Jaitley said," The Congress Party complains a bit too much. It accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of 'stealing' the mandate in Goa."

1:59 pm: Digvijaya Singh along with Goa Congress MLAs reaches Raj Bhavan

1:25 pm: Congress reacts to Supreme Court order on floor test in Goa assembly. "This is a great victory for us," Congress leader Digvijay Singh

12:38 pm: 2 independent MLAs, 2 Goa Forward Party MLAs, 2 MGP MLAs and 2 BJP MLAs to be sworn in as ministers with Manohar Parrikar

12.32 pm: The fact that governor hasn't consulted the single largest party is a violation of the constitution: Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Congress

12.28 pm: BJP dismisses allegations of horse trading in Goa. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari accuses Congress of failing to choose leader.

"The Congress was not able to choose a leader due to their internal tussle and they are blaming us for it. There was no horse-trading in Goa. We had discussion with non-BJP MLAs and they had a few conditions but the support was unanimous: Union Mininster Nitin Gadkari

11:48 am: BJP has clearly shown strength in Goa: Union Minister RS Prasad

11:47 am: Floor test to be conducted on March 16 at 11 am.

11:38 am: SC orders floor test in Goa

11:34 am: Do you have proof to question Parrikar's claim that he does not have support of 21 MLAs, SC asks

11:32 am: What is the harm in holding the floor test tomorrow. Why has Parrikar been given 15 days, petitioner asks

11:28 am: Where are the affidavits with letters of support asks SC. You have not come with any numbers, SC tells petitioner

It is constitutionally and legally wrong says petitioner

It is constitutionally and legally wrong says petitioner

Follow healthy practise, not just convention of calling single largest party.

11:22 am: It is bounden duty of Governor to ascertain who has majority, says CJI

11:20 am: The practise was unconstitutional, petitioner alleges while challenging invitation to BJP to form government in Goa.

11:07 am: It is about Constitutional impropriety not the numbers.

What can be worse than forming a government and then losing majority in the assembly, CJI points out.

11:05 am: Justice Tarun Gogoi on the special bench along with the CJI asks Singvi if he had the numbers to form the government.

CJI says when no party has majority, Governor can take a call on ascertain who has majority.

11:03 am: Congress is the single largest party in Goa says Abhishek Manu Singhvi arguing in Supreme Court. Congress has challenged the invitation given to BJP to form government in Goa.

Harish Salve says that the governor was right in exercising his power under Section 164(1) of the Constitution.

Chief Justice J S Khehar points out that in Arunachal Pradesh judgment court had held that in few conditions Governor can take a call.

Salve hands out list saying Parrikar has the majority on the floor of the house.

Singvi says Governor should have at least called the Congress just for satisfaction.

10.16 am: Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh to appear in the case challenging appointment of Manohar Parrikar as Goa CM in Supreme Court

10.01 am: Failure on part of Cong leadership, cannot identify individual but there was a failure. Despite having 17 seats couldn't form government, our decision making was slow. There were lapses in decision making: Vishwajit Rane, Cong MLA on government formation in Goa

9.15 am: The Governor has to work under the constitution, under the established convention. Majority can be proved on the floor of the house and we want that opportunity to prove majority: Digvijay Singh.

8.45 am: Congress gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over issue of government formation in Goa & Manipur.

7:45 am: Congress legislative party to meet at Congress house in Panjim. Congress MLAs along with Digvijay Singh to call on Governor after meet.

7:43 am: Panjim: Congress Legislative Party to meet at Congress House. All Congress MLAs along with Digvijaya Singh will meet Governor after the CLP meet, reports ANI.

6:25 am: Will Manohar Parrikar take oath as the new CM of Goa? SC will hear a petition challenging Governor's invite to BJP to form next government.

Meanwhile, Congress is speaking to smaller allies in a bid to get the numbers to form the government.

March 13, 2017

5:45 pm: Cabinet size in Goa is being worked out says Manohar Parrikar. Will inform the media once we decide, he said.

5:30 pm: Congress'MLA Jeniffer Monserratte, who represents the Taleigao constituency, said, "Our party leaders are to be blamed for the failure to form the government."

4.28 pm: Meeting of MLAs to discuss government formation underway

3.15 pm: President accepts Manohar Parrikar's resignation as defence minister

2.57 pm: Congress legislator Vishwajit Rane announces decision to quit Congress Goa unit, says Congress MLAs are disgusted

2.14 pm:All three Goa Forward Party MLAs expected to be made ministers.

MGP is also likely to get two cabinet positions.

2.13 pm: "People had given us the mandate but party leaders failed to respect it. It is entirely their fault," Jeniffer Monserrate Congress MLA from Taleigao constituency

2:09 pm: Gross mismanagement by party leaders and the delay in choosing the Congress Legislature Party leader hurt us: Vishwajit Rane

2:05 pm: "I am very upset with the way our party leaders handled the situation after the results, which gave us the first right - as the single largest party - to form the government. I feel let down at the functioning of the party leaders who could not take a decision at the right time," Vishwajit Rane, Congress MLA from Valpoi constituency

2:00 pm: Rebellion in Goa Congress. MLAs are rebelling against the top leadership of the party

1:56 pm: Development is the only issue: Prasad S. Gaonkar, Independent MLA from Sanguem constituency on his support to BJP

1:50 pm: Entire nation is celebrating Holi in the colours of Modi ji. I will take oath as Goa's Chief Minister tomorrow at 5 PM: Manohar Parrikar

1:42 pm: Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Amit Shah to attend Parrikar's swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday.

1:37 pm: Manohar Parrikar resigns as Defence Minister. To take oath as Goa CM on Tuesday at 5 pm

Parrikar will contest the elections from Mapusa.

Goa's Deputy CM will be Nitin Dhavilikar

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