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Goa: Supreme Court orders floor test, Congress says it has the numbers

Miffed at the BJP moving ahead and claiming to have the required numbers to form a government in Goa despite not having the mandate of the people, the Congress Party moved the Supreme Court and the apex court today ordered that a floor test be held.

The hearing is still underway and the apex court will decide when the test will be held. Meanwhile, the Congress Legislature Party met at the party headquarters and will meet the Governor at 1.30 pm after she refused to meet them this morning.

The BJP won 13 seats, the Congress 17 in the Assembly elections in the state. Goa Forward won 3, MGP won 3 and three were independents. NCP has one seat. Letters of support have been given to BJP by the MGP, the Goa Forward and the three Independents.

The BJP was to hold its swearing in ceremony this evening. However, now the SC has asked for a floor test. The Congress says it has the numbers – a minimum of 21.

It is likely that the swearing in ceremony will be postponed. We could soon see the BJP hold the smaller parties and independents close as they would not want the Congress approaching them before the test.

In court, the SC told Salve, appearing for the Centre: “You are a very powerful man, you can manipulate anything. That’s what he is saying.”

Congress has told Supreme Court that it wants a floor test conducted today itself. Congress claims they have the numbers.

There’s a huge presence of police force in Panjim and Dona Paula – where Raj Bhavan is located – to pre-empt any untoward incident. Messages on WhatsApp have called for citizens to come to Dona Paula and protest the ‘undemocratic’ move by the BJP.

In the Supreme Court, the bench has said that the numbers should determine the single largest party. “You would have held a dharna outside Raj Bhavan if you had a majority,” the bench has reported. “You had enough time… There is not a single affidavit from any member who supports you.” The bench has also asked Congress why they did not approach the Governor of Goa over government formation.

Congress was asked by Chief Justice Khehar. “Did you submit in writing names of the MLAs who are supporting you and submit it to the Governor?”