Panaji: Congress in Goa has petitioned President of India Ram Nath Kovind seeking his directions to State Governor asking her not to dissolve the Legislative Assembly by foul play, contrary to the wishes of the majority.
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Girish Chodankar on Monday petitioned the President briefing about their petitions to Governor Mridula Sinha in the past, staking claim to the government in the State.
Congress is the largest party in Goa Legislative Assembly.
“We had petitioned Governor that we are staking claim to form the government and there should be no decision to dissolve the House without exploring the option of inviting our part to form the government and for this reason, it is imperative that you issue instructions and guide the Governor of Goa, so that there is no Constitutional over-reach to seek a dissolution by foul play, contrary to the wishes of the majority,” the petition submitted to the President reads.
“The plea has been made as there has been an instance in the past under the chief ministership of Manohar Parrikar of dissolution of House through a forged Resolution of Council of Ministers,” the petition said.
“There should not be recurrence of such a macabre situation and hence this petition,” Chodankar has said.
Congress has said that prolonged illness of the chief minister has kept several issues pertaining to the state administration pending and as such Goa is witnessing an unprecedented situation in which the government has failed to address even the basic issues of the people.
Chodankar has said that the BJP-led alliance has thus apart from completely losing the trust of the people has also lost the confidence of the House in as much the State government has lost its majority.
Congress has 16 MLAs, while BJP has 14 and Goa Forward Party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Independents are three each. One MLA is from NCP.