There have been several victories for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the last few years. But the victory in Goa despite not being the single largest party only shows the political appetite the party has. The lackadaisical attitude of the Congress party was visible in Goa as well as Meghalaya where the party was the single largest party but couldn’t form the government.
Since the humiliating defeat, the Grand Old Party has made at least two attempts in Goa to form the government but each time their efforts have been thwarted. Yet again, Goa Congress did stake claim to form the government. Republic TV has accessed the letter written by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar.
Speaking over the phone, Kavlekar told Republic TV, “We have demanded the current government should be dismissed. The political situation in Goa is extremely fluid. Manohar Parrikar should step down. Congress will provide a stable government and we have the number.”
While the Congress party has sought for the appointment of the Governor, there has been no response from Raj Bhavan as yet. On paper, Goa Congress has the support of 15 MLA’s which is way less than the halfway mark to form the government. But Congress leaders say that they do have the support. Sources say that party has been in touch with Congress rebels who have joined the BJP government. But can the Congress match up to the organizational skills of BJP which did manage to cobble up a government in Goa?
BJP Goa, however, has dubbed this as “usual drama of Congress party”. But the ruling party surely has some tough decisions to make. Their current ally, Goa Forward, had decided to support with the condition that the government should be headed by Manohar Parrikar. It remains to be seen whether Vijai Sardesai would continue to support the current government if BJP decides to replace Manohar Parrikar. “How can Goa Congress form the government? They don’t have the MLA’s. They are only fooling the people,” said Vinay Tendulkar, BJP, Goa.