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Ahead of Goa floor test, Congress accuses PM Modi of taking India from 'democracy to dictatorship'

India TV Politics Desk New Delhi 16 Mar 2017, 12:43:01 IST
India TV Politics Desk

Ahead of the crucial floor test in Goa Assembly today, the Congress alleged that the way the BJP formed the government in Goa indicated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking India from "democracy to dictatorship."

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking the country from democracy to dictatorship," said Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.

Manohar Parrikar, the newly appointed Chief Minister, is seeking confidence vote in Goa Assembly today. 

Parrikar has claimed the support of 22 MLAs, two more than the halfway mark in the 40-member Goa assembly.

The Congress had emerged as the single largest party in the Goa Assembly with 17 seats closely followed by the BJP which bagged 13 seats.

The BJP, however, succeeded in obtaining support from the other regional parties and independent candidates and staked claimed with the Governor to form the government under Parrikar’s leadership.

Governor Mridula Sinha invited Parrikar to form the government. However, her decision was challenged in the Supreme Court by the Congress and the party prayed for a stay on Parrikar’s swearing-in.

The apex court, however, refused to stay the swearing-in ceremony but asked Manohar Parrikat to prove his majority on the floor of the house by March 16.