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Congress decides to wait and watch

MARGAO: After being denied a second opportunity to form government, the Congress party has now decided to adopt a wait and watch policy as the new government proves its majority on the floor of the House on Wednesday.

Speaking to ‘The Navhind times,’ leader of the Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said, “The onus is on the government not only to prove the majority but we will have to wait and see how long this government stays intact given the events that transpired yesterday before the post midnight swearing-in ceremony.”

He said the Congress party had met Governor Mridula Sinha and requested her that the party be invited to form the government, as it is the single largest party. He said the turn of events has been a repeat of 2017 when the Governor failed to invite the Congress party, which was the single largest party then too. He said the Governor had allowed horse-trading which led to the formation of the BJP-led government.

Kavlekar said after the cremation of former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, many events happened or were rather allowed to happen. “They were allowed to resort to horse-trading to form the numbers; there were also attempts by the BJP to win over members from a coalition partner. We do not know what transpired behind closed doors. Hence, it is up to them to prove majority in the House,” he said.

Stating that it was for the first time that three different times were mentioned for the swearing-in ceremony, the leader of the Opposition said that earlier it was informed that the ceremony would be held at 9 pm. Later, he said, it was communicated that it would be held at 11 pm and eventually the ceremony was conducted at 1.45 am. “Why they had to wait for so long. We will come to know on the floor of House what transpired between them,” he said adding that the onus is now on the BJP to prove majority and keep the coalition partners together.

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