Panaji, Mar 18 (GCCurrentAffairs) Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Girish Chodankar on Monday claimed that several non-Congress MLAs were in touch with him and the party was working on forming government in the coastal state.
Speaking to reporters in the city after meeting of Congress Legislative Party (CLP) got over, he said,”We have some strategies in place and we are hopeful that the Governor calls us soon (invitation to stake claim) because we have the number that is required. We are in touch with many MLAs.”
Claiming that it was the single largest party in the 36-member state assembly, the Congress has staked claim to form government in the state.
In a letter submitted to State Governor Mridula Sinha, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar has said that by virtue of death of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state was without any alliance as the alliance partners had supported BJP on the condition that Parrikar would lead the coalition.
“The coalition partners of the Parrikar-led government had allied with BJP on condition that the government is headed by Manohar Parrikar, the then Defence Minister of India. The BJP therefore has no allies as of now,” Mr Kavlekar has said.
“Congress being the single largest party, it is submitted that the leader of the Congress party is entitled to be invited to form the next government. We therefore hereby once again stake our claim to form the government and request Your Excellency to extend the invitation to our leaders to form the next government,” he has said in the letter.
The party had staked claim to form government on March 16, 2019, as well and sought appointment of the Governor but it could not get.