Goa govt formation tussle: SC lashes out at Congress for not approaching Guv, says numbers determine single largest party

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 14 March 2017, 01:14 PM

The Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed Congress Party over its lackadaisical approach over government formation in Goa. The Apex court said that the numbers determine single largest party, and Governor has full right to call the shots over formation of government in state. The court also ordered floor test that would be held on March 16. 

Chief Justice of India (CJI) JS Khehar questioned Congress Party and said: "Why did not you approach Goa Governer?" The CJI also asked the grand old party, saying where they have the numbers.

The apex court said," Why the Congress Party did not object to the Governor when Parrikar had staked claim of government formation? Even, you did not produce any letter of support of those members."

The court said that Congress did not mention of any support of those members in its petition. While questioning the Congress party's lawyer, the CJI asked that they must produced any affidavit of MLAs whose support they are enjoying. The CJI said that the Congress party is creating controversy when a single party is already have the numbers. 

The court said that they did not submit any list of members who are supporting Congress party. He said the Congress should have staged protest against Governor at the latter's office. 

The Congress party lawyer replied that the governor should invite single largest party which did not happen.

Senior lawyer Harish N Salve appeared for Centre while senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhavi on behalf of Congress party. Senior lawyer Abhishek Manu singhvi said Manohar Parrikar is CM of Goa for two days and if BJP cannot show majority then it would not be allowed to form a government.

On the other hand, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked Congress party why the latter did not give any credible evidence of those MLAs who are supporting it."Have they told that they have anybody other than 17 MLas," Prasad questioned. 

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First Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:48 AM

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