A day after newly-appointed Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar ridiculed Congress leader Digvijay Singh by thanking him for failing to set up a Congress government in the state in spite of winning most seats in assembly elections, Singh called the Goa CM “power hungry” and a “cheat”.
Parrikar yesterday said, “I also thank Digvijaya Singh because he was roaming around in Goa and I was able to form the government.”
In its reply, Singh taunted Parrikar repeating the accusation that Congress made earlier that the party indulged in buying of lawmakers in the state. He tweeted, “If he (Manohar Parrikar) has to thank anyone it is Nitin Gadkari who did aggressive MLA Shopping on 12th March early morning from Hotel in Goa.”
He demanded an apology from the BJP. “Shame on you Mr. Parrikar and your hunger for power. You have cheated the People of Goa. Apologise to them.”
He also claimed that the Goa Governor Mridula Sinha “violated the Constitution, Sarkaria Commission guideline and the Supreme Court and robbed the mandate of people”.
Earlier this month, Parrikar resigned as the country’s Defence Minister, he on Friday visited the Rajya Sabha during Zero Hour to thank the members of the House. During that time, he took a dig at the Congress leader.
In the Assembly election, no party won a majority in Goa. The BJP won fewer seats than the Congress and it gathered the support of regional parties and formed the government in Goa. Mr. Parrikar resigned at the Centre and took oath as the Goa Chief Minister.
The Congress won 17 seats but was not able to prove the majority. On March 16, Manohar Parrikar established his victory as 22 MLAs stood in his support and 16 MLAs opposed his candidature while one MLA was absent.
The Congress challenged his appointment, saying that the Goa Governor did not follow the procedure as dictated by the Constitution, so the Supreme Court ordered a floor test.
Parrikar told the media, “The Congress (leaders) coming down (to Goa) for the floor test was possibly all a hype because it was being demanded that Digvijaya should be kept down as the general secretary. He had to do something. This happens when you come to Goa just to enjoy, not to work.”