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Shiv Sena calls BJP’s govt formation in Goa ‘death of democracy’

mumbai Updated: Mar 16, 2017 11:44 IST
Manasi Phadke
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Former defence Manohar Parrikar takes oath as the new chief minister of Goa on Tuesday. (PTI)

A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Manohar Parrikar was sworn in as the new chief minister of Goa on Tuesday, its saffron ally in the Maharashtra government, Shiv Sena, termed the government formation in Goa as ‘death of democracy’. Sena itself received a drubbing in the Goa assembly poll, in which the party lost all three seats it had contested.

In its mouthpiece, Saamana, the party not only accused the BJP of horse-trading, it came down heavily on the Congress for its failure to form the government despite emerging as the single largest party. The congress had won 17 seats, followed by the BJP (13).

“The results in Goa were completely against the BJP. It was the ruling party before the election and the Prime Minister held multiple rallies there. Despite all this, the BJP got only 13 seats. While the voters did not accept the Sena and the Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM), they also rejected the BJP,” the Sena stated in its mouthpiece. “However, the Congress failed to beef up its numbers and stake claim to form the government.”

The editorial also criticised parties such as the Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Forward Party (GFP) for lending support to the BJP despite people voting for them with a mandate against the BJP.

“While campaigning, GFP’s Vijay Sardesai would call Parrikar a fixer. It is a joke that the same Sardesai ‘fixed’ Parrikar’s chief ministership. The people of Goa, who wholeheartedly voted for these parties as a resentment against the BJP, must have never expected this,” the editorial read.

Sena also took potshots at Parrikar, saying that returning to Goa was probably his foremost wish because despite being the country’s defence minister he would spend most of his time in his home state.

The party said that while praises are being heaped on the BJP for its electoral prowess in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, no one seems to be paying attention or discussing the results in three smaller states — Goa, Manipur and Punjab — where the party lost.

Also read: Shiv Sena gets a drubbing in Goa assembly poll, bags less than 2% votes