Manhoar Parrikar wins trust vote in Goa, one Congress MLA skips voting

Manhoar Parrikar wins trust vote in Goa, one Congress MLA skips voting

PANAJAI (INDIA): The Manohar Parrikar government today 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.nnThe opposition Congress could muster only 16 votes against the government with one of its legislators absenting from the crucial floor test.nnThe special Assembly session was convened to conduct the floor test following an order by the Supreme Court.nnParrikar, who resigned as Defence minister earlier this week, was sworn-in as the Chief Minister along with nine other MLAs by Governor Mridula Sinha on March 14.nnThe 61-year-old BJP leader proved his majority with 12 legislators from the BJP, three from the Goa Forward Party (GFP), three from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), three Independents and one from the NCP voting in favour of the trust motion.nnThe opposition benches included 16 MLAs from Congress, while its newly-elected member Vishwajit Rane remained absent during the voting.nnThe test was passed through a clear division which was ordered by Pro-tem Speaker Siddharth Kuncolienkar, a BJP member.nnSenior Congress leader Pratapsinh Rane sought to raise a point of order when Parrikar moved a motion seeking vote of confidence.nnThe Speaker, however, did not allow Rane to raise the point of order and continued the voting process.nnThe Congress, despite emerging as the single largest party in the elections, could not form the government while the BJP made deft moves by securing support from regional outfits and independents.nnRiding on the charisma of Parrikar, the BJP managed to cobble up an alliance of GFP, MGP and Independents.nnAn aggrieved Congress moved the Supreme Court on March 13 to stall the swearing-in of Parrikar with the claim that it should have been invited to form the government since it was the single largest party.nnBut the apex court refused to stop the swearing-in and ordered to hold the floor test today.nnAhead of the trust vote, all the 40 legislators took oath.nnLater, the session was adjourned till March 22 when it will meet again to elect the Speaker. This would be followed by the Governor’s address on March 23 and presentation of the state budget on March 24.nnSource: Press Trust of India

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