New Delhi, Mar 31: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Friday thanked Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh who was in charge of Goa election, for making it possible for the BJP to form the government in the state despite being the number two party.
The BJP had won 13 seats in the 40 member house while the Congress could pocket 17. But the BJP made swift political moves to win the confidence of regional parties like Maharshtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP) and independents to form the government.
Recalling this in the Rajya Sabha today Parrikar credited Digvijay Singh, sarcastically, though, for making it possible for the BJP to form the government in Goa. We could form the government in Goa because of the inaction and lethargy of Digvijay Singh, Parrikar said in the Rajya Sabha.
We could form the government in Goa because of the inaction and lethargy of Digvijay Singh, Parrikar said in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
The Congress expectedly reacted to this statement and all the Congress MPs stood up and shouted slogans. In the melee, Parrikar thanked the Congress and its General Secretary Digvijay Singh.
Congress, in spite of being the largest party, failed to garner the support of the others and allowed the power to slip out of its hands just because there was no movement from their leader Digvijay Singh. He failed to gather the required majority by convincing the smaller parties to form the government.
Parrikar thanking the Congress in the Rajya Sabha only rubbed salt to its failure in Goa. He said that had Digvijay Singh been active and alive to the fluid situation in Goa, the BJP would not have formed its government. He was roaming here and there and meanwhile, we formed the government snatching Goa from the Congress. He summarily rejected the Congress allegation that the BJP usurped democracy in Goa.
The Congress had deputed Digvijay Singh in Goa while the BJP sent Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. He initiated talks with the regional parties and sent the signal that BJP was ready to form the government. They agreed to the proposal only on condition that Parrikar is made the Chief Minister to which the BJP Central leadership consented and Parrikar was sent to the State again to have BJP government.