While Congress was busy in infighting, BJP worked on alliance: Parrikar

The Congress had approached the apex court on Monday evening challenging the Goa Governor's decision to invite the BJP.

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Former defence minister and newly sworn in Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday mocked the Congress for crying foul over not being invited to form government in the coastal state first. He said that the BJP worked on negotiating with the alliance partners while the Congress was busy in internal fighting over chief ministerial candidate.

Manohar Parrikar

Parrikar told NDTV that such was the internal conflict in the Congress, which has 17 MLAs, that no one was in 'mood to support them'.

He also took a jibe at Goa Congress for their resentment with Digvijay Singh and welcomed the Supreme Court order to conduct floor test in the assembly on Thursday.

The Congress had approached the apex court on Monday evening challenging the Goa Governor's decision to invite the BJP despite the Congress having won more seats in the assembly elections.

A special bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar dismissed the Congress' petition and directed Governor Mridula Sinha to hold floor test at 11 am on March 16.

On Sunday, the BJP said it has the support of three members each of the GFP and MGP, besides two Independents to reach the magic number of 21 MLAs needed to prove majority in the 40-member House.

[Manohar Parrikar sworn in as Goa Chief Minister]

Parrikar, who has been credited with consolidating BJP's position in Goa, took oath as the CM of Goa for the third time.

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