Congress MLAs in Goa may cross-over to BJP soon, claims Manohar Parrikar
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday claimed that the Congress MLAs in the state, frustrated with their leaders, may cross-over to the BJP soon.
Talking to a news channel, Parrikar sounded confident over his government proving its majority in the state Assembly with the help of three regional parties and independent candidates.
Hinting at the possibility of some Congress MLAs switching over to the BJP soon, Parrikar said, "I can't stop anyone from sending me messages. I'm not interested but I can't stop people from messaging that they are interested in resigning and joining (BJP).”
Taking a jibe at the internal differences in the Congress, Parrikar pointed out that their MLAs are still not able to elect their chief ministerial candidate.
“It is my morality that has stopped me from taking people from them who are on the verge of resigning because of frustration because of their leaders who are holding the party to ransom," Parrikar added.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court rejected the petition of the Congress seeking stay on the swearing-in ceremony of Manohar Parrikar as the new Chief Minister of Goa.
The apex court, however, asked the new Chief Minister to prove his majority in the 40-member Assembly by Thursday.
On Tuesday, Manohar Parrikar took oath as the new Chief Minister of Goa along with nine ministers out of which only two belonged to the BJP.
Three MLAs of Goa Forward Party (GFP), two MLAs of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and two independents also took oath as ministers in Parrikar cabinet.