A hung assembly in Goa has sparked off a tug of war between the Congress and the BJP to form the next government in the state. According to sources, Vijai Sardesai of the newly formed Goa Forward party may be eyeing the Goa CM’s seat in lieu of support to the Congress party in Goa. Sardesai and his spokesperson were unavailable for comment, but party workers opined that Sardesai did not show any hurry to support the Congress and was keeping his cards close to his chest.
The Congress which emerged the single largest party in assembly elections by bagging 17 out of the 40 seats, said it will stake its claim for majority on Sunday even as the BJP expressed its confidence of forming the government to retain power.
All India Congress Committee general secretary Digvijay Singh who is the party’s observer for Goa, said that the party is in touch with independents and other non-BJP parties to enlist their support to achieve majority (21 or more) before approaching the governor with the list.
“We are going to hold the legislature party meeting in the morning where the elected MLAs would choose the leader. Soon after that we will approach the governor and stake claim for majority with the letters of support from independents,” Singh said adding that around 10 independents, apart from NCP’s elected candidate Churchil Alamao and an independent candidate who the Congress had backed, are in touch with the party for offering support.
To a question on enlisting the support of the Goa Forward Party (winner of 3 seats) which has expressed willingness to support the BJP, Singh said, “we are talking to everybody.”
Claiming that the Congress with 17 MLAs is in a better position to garner majority than the BJP (13), Singh said, “there will be no compromise with the manifesto even if we enter into understanding with others.”