Panaji: Even two months after it failed to form the government, despite emerging as the single largest party in the State Assembly elections, Congress continues its blame game. This time it has accused Goa Governor Dr Mridula Sinha for failing to act ‘judiciously’ in government formation.
“We emerged as the single largest party and still continue to be. As per rule, the leader of the single largest party should have been invited by the Governor to stake claim to form government,” All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary for Goa and Maharashtra MLA Amit Deshmukh told media persons.
“Many State governments are made like that but unfortunately all that was not followed in Goa,” he added. “That is our grouse that Governor did not call us to form the government. It was for the Governor to act judiciously,” he added.
Deshmukh, who was in Goa on a short visit to spell out the failures of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s three year rule, termed the BJP-led coalition government in Goa as ‘undemocratic’.
“This government in Goa is undemocratic. They don’t have the mandate and the way they have come to power is kind of power grabbing. Democracy has been bulldozed,” he said.
Congress had earlier accused Parrikar and BJP national leader Nitin Gadkari of ‘robbing’ the people’s mandate.
“Though, we could not form the government, technically the mandate is with us. As far as the people are concerned we are in power, while as far as government is concerned we are in opposition,” Deshmukh said.
Stating that the act of ‘bulldozing’ is ‘harming the essence of democracy’, the AICC leader alleged that with the NDA government in power, such things are bound to happen. “This is unfortunate but this is bound to happen in the country, where democracy is hampered. It is a very autocratic way of regime or rule of NDA. There is complete misuse of power to stall people’s mandate,” he said.
Expressing confidence that people will again give a mandate to Congress-backed panels in the upcoming panchayat elections, Deshmukh said, ‘If that happens then BJP should realise what people want and step down.” (H)