Cong raises doubts over Sawant-led govt’s stability
The Congress party on Wednesday said that it will not try to topple the newly-formed Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government in the state.
“It appears that they (BJP) have formed the government by using some force…there is a question mark as to for how long they will survive together,” said Leader of Opposition Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar while interacting with media persons in his chamber at the Secretariat after the conclusion of the assembly proceedings.
He said that the Congress is confident that the current government will collapse on its own and there was no need to topple the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant-led coalition government.
Kavlekar however congratulated Sawant for winning the floor test and proving majority on the floor of the House by 20 versus 15 votes, adding since Sawant hails from the mining belt area, he should take up the mining issue and get it resolved at the earliest.
“The first chapter of manipulative politics has ended and the second chapter has just started,” Navelim MLA Luizinho Faleiro while expressing his disappointment for Congress not being invited by Governor Mridula Sinha to form the government despite being the single largest party.
“Right from the year 2012 whenever any motion was put up before the House for voting, it has always been defeated by at least 21 votes from the ruling side… first time in the last so many years a vote of confidence has been won with less than the total majority of the full House,” said Margao MLA Digambar Kamat.
Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco claimed that the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party MLAs were threatened by the BJP that it will create a split in the party and ultimately got their support for the formation of the new government.
“BJP-led government is bankrupt, they have no money and once they fail to perform, their alliance partners will shift towards Congress and then we will form our government,” said Ponda MLA Ravi Naik.
Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao, who voted against the BJP during the motion of vote of confidence, was seen for the first time with the Congress camp.
He termed the formation of the new government as a ‘Circus’ claiming that it will not survive for long and will not complete the remaining term of three years.