SC allows Manohar Parrikar’s swearing-in ceremony, floor test on 16 Mar


New Delhi: In a big setback for the Congress, on Tuesday Supreme Court (SC) ruled that BJP’s Chief Minister Candidate  Manohar Parrikar can take oath as the new Chief Minister of Goa today, but he must take a floor test on Thursday to prove he has a majority.

The floor test will be held in the Goa Legislative Assembly on 16 Mrach at 11 am.

The apex court was listening to a petition filed by the Congress challenging the Goa governor’s decision to invite the BJP to form government in Goa.

During the hearing, the bench headed by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar observes that numbers should determine the single largest party.

The Congress has 17 legislators followed by BJP with 13, Goa Forward Party (GFP) and the Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP) with three each, three Independents and NCP (one).

On Sunday, the BJP said it has enlisted the support of three members each of the GFP and MGP, besides two Independents to reach the golden number of 21 MLAs needed to prove majority in the 40 member House.

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