Goa power tussle: Manohar Parrikar sworn in as Chief Minister for fourth time, floor test on March 16

Manohar Parrikar, who resigned as the Defence Minister on March 13, today was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Goa for the fourth time

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manohar Parrikar, who resigned as the Defence Minister on March 13, today was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Goa for the fourth time. Governor Mridula Sinha administered oath of office to Parrikar and other minsters. Earlier today, Supreme Court ordered a floor test to be conducted on March 16 while hearing a Congress party plea seeking a stay on Parrikar’s oath taking ceremony. Congress, in its plea, claimed that Governor Mridula Sinha’s had unilaterally invited Parrikar to form a government despite having less number to prove the majority.

Here are the updates:

6: 14 PM: I agree the mandate is fractured, but with 22 MLAs together the vote share is more than sufficient. Its post poll alliance: Manohar Parrikar

5: 50 PM: If you had the support then why did you not go to the Governor?: Manohar Parrikar on Congress

5: 45 PM: MGP’s Manohar Ajgaonkar and Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte take oath as ministers in Goa Government

5: 35 PM: Parrikar had on Monday staked claim to form the government after the assembly elections threw up a split verdict.

5: 20 PM: Manohar Parrikar sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state for the fourth time.

5: 17 PM: The Congress had petitioned the apex court late on Monday alleging that Goa Governor Mridula Sinha had acted unilaterally and invited BJP to form a government in Goa, despite the fact that the Congress had emerged as the single largest party in the February 4 state assembly election with 17 seats.

5: 16 PM: Manohar Parrikar set to sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state for the fourth time.

4: 57 PM: Congress neither elected a leader nor made a claim in front of the Governor: Arun Jaitley on Goa

4: 55 PM: I think SC has given the right order, BJP is fully confident of getting majority: Arun Jaitley on Goa govt formation tussle

3: 55 PM: All these allegations (BJP using financial power) are baseless: HM Rajnath Singh on Rahul Gandhi.

3: 30 PM: So we have told all like minded MLAs and parties that we are ready to sacrifice, please join us:Luizinho Faleiro,Congress

2: 45 PM: Sonia ji is a rare example of sacrifice in democratic world, had a chance to be PM twice but she chose Dr.Singh: Luizinho Faleiro,Cong

2: 40 PM: Legally we are right;we hv to form the govt in Manipur: N Biren Singh, BJP legislative party leader on BJP’s stake to claim for forming govt

2: 38 PM: Goa produced an inconclusive verdict. There was a hung assembly,obviously post-poll alliances will be formed:Arun Jaitley on FB

2: 35 PM: Congress complains a bit too much. It accused BJP of ‘stealing’ mandate in Goa. It unsuccessfully petitioned before SC: Arun Jaitley

2: 30 PM: Governor in Goa had only one claim of 21 MLAs out of 40 with Parrikar ji as leader. 17 MLAs of Congress did not even make a claim:A Jaitley

2: 00 PM: We wrote to her(Goa Governor) on 12th, we came to the office, but was told as its a holiday its closed: L Falerio,Congress

1: 45 PM: Congress MLAs led by senior leader Digvijay Singh reach Governor House in Panaji

1: 30 PM: This is a great victory for us: Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Supreme Court’s directive of floor test

1: 10 PM: You come at the swearing I will give reaction after swearing in. Come at 5’o clock: Manohar Parrikar on SC directive of floor test in Goa

1: 05 PM: BJP won elections in UP, I’d like to congratulate them. Why they won it has multiple reasons, one being polarisation: Rahul Gandhi

12: 50 PM: We are in opposition, you have ups and downs and we had a little down in UP; we accept it: Rahul Gandhi

12: 48 PM: Our fight is against BJP’s ideology, what they did in Manipur & Goa is exactly the ideology we are fighting against

12: 42 PM: Manohar Parrikar is CM of Goa for two days, if BJP can’t show majority they won’t be allowed to form a government:Abhishek Manu Singhvi

12: 35 PM: There was no horse-trading in Goa,had discussion with non-BJP MLAs they had some conditions; support was unanimous: Union Min Nitin Gadkari

12: 16 PM: Goa govt-formation tussle: Supreme Court said the floor test will be on March 16, refused to stay swearing in of Manohar Parrikar.

11: 38 AM:  Supreme Court orders floor test in Goa.

11: 30 AM: While hearing Congress’ petition Supreme Court asks Congress where are the numbers?

11: 25 AM: SC asks Congress why they did not approach the Governor of Goa over govt formation.

11: 20 AM: Congress stages walkout from Lok Sabha over Goa power tussle.

11: 19 AM: During hearing on Cong’s petition SC bench headed by CJI Khehar observed that numbers should determine single largest party

11: 17 AM: During hearing of Cong petition in SC,petitioner alleged that established constitutional practices being violated by BJP

11: 15 AM: Goa govt formation tussle: During hearing of Congress’ petition in SC, they are alleging that BJP is involved in horse trading.

11: 07 AM: PM Narendra Modi discusses political situation in Goa with top party leaders inside Parliament.

11: 05 AM: SC asks whether Congress has any evidence to repudiate Parikar’s claim of having support of 21 MLAs despite BJP winning only 13 seats.

11: 00 AM: Hearing on Congress’ petition challenging appointment of Manohar Parrikar as Goa CM begins in Supreme Court.

10: 59 AM: She said she will meet us at 1.30pm, though we wished that she should’ve met us earlier: Digvijay Singh on meeting with Governor

10: 55 AM: Goa Governor Mridula Sinha gives Congress appointment at 1:30pm to discuss the party’s claim to form government in state.

10: 40 AM: We got info that BJP hijacked 5-6 Cong MLAs & took them to Guwahati, this is horse-trading: Ripun Bora, Cong MP

10: 35 AM: Single largest party must be called to form govt, Governor has to act under constitution: Digvijay Singh, Cong

10: 32 AM: Despite having 17 seats couldn’t form govt,our decision making was slow. There were lapses in decision making: Vishwajit Rane, Cong MLA

10: 30 AM: BJP is doing horse-trading in Manipur, they are murdering democracy all over the country: Ripun Bora, Congress MP.

10: 22 AM: Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh to appear in the case challenging appointment of Manohar Parrikar as Goa CM in Supreme Court.

10: 10 AM: Failure on part of Cong leadership, cannot identify individual but there was a failure: Vishwajit Rane, Cong MLA.

10: 05 AM: Senior advocates and party leaders Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal will represent the Congress in the Supreme Court.

9: 50 AM: Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a petition at 10: 30 am by Congress legislative party leader Chandrakant Kavlekar, who has challenged Sinha’s decision to unilaterally invite Parrikar to form a government.

9: 46 AM: The Congress party has given a notice for adjournment of proceedings in the Lok Sabha, demanding discussion on the issue of government formation in Goa and in Manipur. It would be now interesting to whether Speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepts the motion and allows a discussion on the same.

9: 45 AM: When Parrikar arrives for the swearing-in at Raj Bhavan at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, he is reportedly expected to swear-in eight other ministers, two each from the alliance partners Goa Forward and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, two Independent legislators and four from the BJP.

9: 30 AM: Manohar Parrikar, cautioned the 13 BJP MLAs against demanding ministerial portfolios because of the concessions which need to be made to accommodate allies.

9: 25 AM: AICC General Secretary Digvijaya Singh has already accepted the blame for the party’s inability to stake claim to form a government on Monday.

9: 20 AM: On March 12 ,the BJP claimed to have got the support of 21 MLAs and the Governor invited Parrikar to form the government.

9: 18 AM: In Goa, BJP got 13 seats, while the Congress got 17 and others, including Independents, 10 seats.