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Guv may go for floor test by Wed


Goa Governor S C Jamir has decided to end the political uncertainty in the coastal state by telling chief minister Manohar Parrikar to have a floor test.

However, the official communiqué from the Raj Bhavan in this regard was awaited till today evening.

Jamir confirmed earlier that the Parrikar government has been reduced to minority with four BJP legislators resigning and three coalition partners withdrawing support to the BJP-led coalition government.

Later, Parrikar also confirmed Jamir’s mind, claiming that he has been told to prove his majority on the floor of the House on Wednesday.

The governor broke his silence on the issue of the political tangle, clarifying the numerical position.

Though four BJP legislators had resigned yesterday, speaker Vishwas Satarkar had not accepted resignation of transport minister Pandurang Madkaikar, claiming that he appeared to have resigned under coercion.

Parrikar today alleged that Madkaikar was being kept under captivity in the Congress camp.

The governor however stated that the strength of the House has been reduced to 36, with four legislators quitting the Assembly, including Madkaikar.

Similarly, confusion had arisen regarding the continuing support of tourism minister Mathany Saldhana, belonging to the United Goans Democratic Party, Parrikar’s alliance partner.

Following letter from the UGDP organisational chief to the governor that the party is withdrawing its support to the Parrikar government, Mr Saldhana had faxed a letter to the governor from Spain stating that he continues supporting the government.

According to the governor, three ministers have withdrawn support to the government, including Saldhana.

Though the strength of the ruling BJP has been thus reduced to 17, Parrikar could increase it to 18, by getting Saldhana on his side, once he returns from Spain today. However, his number still remains at 17, as the speaker cannot vote unless there is a tie.

On the other hand, the 15-memebr Congress has been strengthened to 18, with the support of single member of the Nationalist Congress Party, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and the independent. The last two were supporting the government till yesterday.

The floor test would be thus interesting since difference of one single vote could either topple the government or pave way to form the alternate government.

Any crossing over by the Congress or the BJP MLAs would mean quitting the legislative post and facing elections afresh, like the four BJP legislators have already resorted to.

The four legislators belonging to three political parties and the independent thus hold the

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