Parrikar Govt in Goa wins trust vote 22-16
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 17 Mar 2017 09:12:14|
Congress could mobilise only 16 votes against the Government as its MLA Vishwajit Rane abstained from voting and later resigned
THE Manohar Parrikar Government on Thursday proved its majority on the floor of the Goa Assembly by winning the trust vote with the support of 22 legislators in the 40-member House.
The Congress, the single largest party with 17 MLAs, suffered a jolt as its legislator Viswajit Rane resigned the membership of the Assembly, after refusing to vote against the trust motion defying the party whip.
Viswajit, son of Congress veteran and former Chief Minister Pratap Sinh Rane, said that he was also quitting the party.
While Viswajit was elected from Valpoi his father won from Poriem. The Congress, which failed in the number game and accused the BJP of horse-trading and other unfair means to retain power in the state, could mobilise only 16 votes against the Government. After winning the vote, a jubilant Parrikar said that the Congress never had the numbers on its side.
He said the Congress created the hype over the BJP’s bid to form the Government, because there
was a demand for Digvijay
Singh to step down as AICC General Secretary in charge of the State.
“We have proved to the people of India that we have support of 23 on the floor of the House debunking Digvijay’s claim that we don’t have the numbers,” he told mediapersons.He was flanked by Goa Forward Party (GFP) leader Vijai Sardesai and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) MLA Sudin Dhavalikar, whose support sealed the deal in favour of the BJP, whose tally came down to 13 from 21 this time.
The 61-year-old Chief Minister proved his majority with 12 legislators from the BJP, three from the GFP, three from the MGP, three Independents and one from the NCP supporting the trust motion.One BJP MLA was made the pro tem Speaker.
The special Assembly session was convened to conduct the floor test following an order by the Supreme Court.
The Congress was reduced to 16 MLAs, after Viswajit remained absent during the voting.
Minutes after abstaining from the floor test, Viswajit resigned as Member of the Assembly and quit the Congress.
Viswajit, 45, said he was upset with the party leadership which has failed to form the Government in Goa despite people giving mandate. Viswajit said he would be recontesting from Valpoi seat again but refused to say which party he would join.“Many others will follow me, you wait and watch,” he said.