Newly-appointed Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday taunted Congress vice-president and sardonically remarked that he would want him to stay on forever to help the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) win with majority every time.
“I wish he leads the party for long; we want to achieve the majority in the forthcoming elections too,” he said.
In the assembly polls in five states, the Congress managed to secure a clear majority in Punjab, while the BJP emerged victorious in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The BJP also garnered support from other parties and independent MLAs in Goa and Manipur, where the mandate was fractured.
Earlier on Thursday, Parrikar proved majority in the assembly floor test, with 22 legislators standing up in his support.
The former defence minister then trained his guns on Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh and said that the latter had come to the coastal state for luxury and not to work.
Parrikar steered clear of any questions on Congress MLA Vishwajit Rane, who had written a letter to party vice-president Rahul Gandhi complaining about the senior party leaders for their slow decision-making that cost them the chance to form the government in Goa and Manipur.
Parrikar, who stepped down as defence minister, was sworn-in as the chief minister of the coastal state on Tuesday evening, along with nine ministers.
But with the Congress challenging his appointment, citing Goa governor Mridula Sinha did not follow the procedure as dictated by the Constitution, the Supreme Court earlier this week asked the test to be conducted on Thursday.
A special assembly session was convened for the floor test.