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Parrikar takes a dig at Digvijaya over Goa; Cong, BJP clash again

Friday, March 17, 2017

Panaji/Mumbai: After winning the trust vote, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today took a dig at the Congress's state in-charge Digvijaya Singh, saying his party lost out because he came to the coastal state "only to enjoy and not work."

Ahead of the trust vote, the AICC general secretary had described Parrikar, who was sworn in on Tuesday, as a "48-hour chief minister" and oozed optimism that the Congress, the single largest party, will pull the rug from under BJP's feet during the floor test.

Parrikar took on Singh even as the BJP and the Congress again clashed over government formation in Goa and Manipur with the former being accused of using money power to lure regional parties and independents, a charge denied by the saffron party.

Parrikar said the Congress leader had sought to create a hype over the situation in state as he was worried about losing his party post if he failed in the number game.

"Right from the beginning Congress did not have the numbers and it was only a hype created by them possibly because there was a demand coming that Digvijaya should step down as General Secretary of the party, being the desk in-charge of Goa," Parrikar said. "It happens when you come to Goa only to enjoy, not to work," he quipped.

"We have proved to the people of India that we have support of 23 on the floor of the House debunking Digvijaya's claim that we don't have the numbers," he said in Panaji.

Singh and other Congress leaders had accused the BJP of indulging in unfair means to cobble up the numbers to retain power in the state after it failed to get a simple majority. He also alleged that Governor Mridula Sinha did not invite the Congress to form the ministry despite it emerging as the single largest party.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi again charged the BJP with "stealing" the mandate of people in Goa and Manipur and forming governments in these states by using money power.

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