Panaji, March 14: Disposing of the Congress petition to stay the swearing-in of BJP leader Manohar Parrikar as the Chief Minister of Goa, the Supreme Court has said that all issues raised in it can be resolved by simple direction of holding floor test. The Supreme Court today ordered floor test in Goa after miffed Congress Party bigwigs finally woken up and decided to take matters head on. The Supreme Court today ordered a floor test to be held on March 16.
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.
After newly elected Congress MLAs Vishwajit Rane and Jennifer Monserrate lambasted the visiting members like Digvijay Singh who shown no swiftness and energy to attempt forming a Congress government when 17 MLAs in hand, the sleeping party bigwigs decided Chandrakant Kavlekar, the four-time MLA from Quepem, as the Leader of Congress Legislature Party in Goa.
Kavlekar, on Monday night, moved the Supreme Court challenging Governor Mridula Sinha's decision to invite Manohar Parrikar-led BJP to form the government+ despite Congress being the largest party in the state after elections threw up a hung assembly.
The Supreme Court Three Judge Bench of Chief Justice Khehar J.Ranjan Gogoi and J.R.K.Agrawal hearing the Case ordered the floor test in Goa on Tuesday.
But before that, the SC bench asked tough questions to Congress. CJI Khehar asked Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi: 'Did you file the names of MLAs who support you in ur representation to Guv'? Khehar said," You could have demolished their case within 30 seconds If you could show the number of MLAs supporting you (Congress).
You are putting us the position of the Governor. These things you should have stated before the Governor, SC told Congress advocate Singhvi.
Meanwhile, Vishwajit P Rane, the Congress MLA from Valpoi and the leader of opposition in the outgoing Assembly, has announced he is quitting the party. Rane is also the son veteran Congressman and former Goa Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane. Rane announced his exit, slamming the way Congress failed to stitch together a majority in Goa despite emerging as the single-largest party after winning 17 seats.