Goa: When Supreme Court backed Governor's discretion


16/05/2018

The Indian Express

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The suspense over the government formation in Karnataka recalls the post-election situation in Goa in 2017. Governor Mridula Sinha invited BJP leader Manohar Parrikar to form the government, even though the Congress had emerged as the single largest party in the elections. Goa Congress Legislature Party leader Chandrakant Kavlekar moved the Supreme Court on March 13, 2017, challenging the Governor's decision to invite Parrikar to form the government. A Bench of the then Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R K Agrawal, while rejecting the Congress‚??s objection, ordered a floor test, saying that the "instant sensitive and contentious issue... can be resolved by a simple direction, requiring the holding of a floor test at the earliest". It added that "The holding of the floor test would remove all possible ambiguities, and would result in giving the democratic process, the required credibility". In the 2017 Goa Assembly elections, the BJP had won only 13 of the 40 seats. The Congress emerged as the single largest party with 17 seats.