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'Others' will rule Goa and Manipur?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WHAT the BJP is doing in Goa and Manipur is most unusual and surprising. In the assembly elections, the Congress has more seats than the BJP in both the states. How then, in both the states, it is in all probability the BJP will form the government?

In Goa, the BJP has only 13 seats while the Congress had 17 seats and  “others” were 10. In Goa the total number of seats in the assembly is 40. BJP leader and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar is the BJP’s choice for the chief minister. He lost no time in approaching the governor and claimed he has the majority. The governor asked him to form the government.

The Congress party grumbled but Parrikar has gone ahead.

It is the same kind of situation in Manipur. The Congress has 28 seats, the BJP has 21. Both the Congress and the BJP are relying on smaller parties for getting majority.

In Goa, Manohar Parrikar says he has got the support of majority of members. This means he has managed to get 10 seats of “others”. Most probably with the support of “others”, he will be able to form the government. The same thing might happen in Manipur.

A big question arises whether the “others” will stick by the BJP for long. There is little doubt that some blackmailing will take place. The demands of “others” may go on increasing. The “others” may be open to receiving financial assistance, favours and positions in the circle of power. A stage may come when Manohar Parrikar may gete fed up with the “others”. He will be called upon to give higher assistance to the “others” even as the Congress keeps on making its bid. The same kind of development might take place in Manipur and Goa where the BJP does not have a majority but has managed to form the government depending on “others”.

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