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BJP Govt In Goa Is A Corrupt Alliance, People Rejected The Party In Polls, Says Shiv Sena

BJP was second in the split mandate.

20/03/2017 3:39 PM IST | Updated 20/03/2017 3:42 PM IST
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MUMBAI -- The Shiv Sena on Monday came down heavily on its ally Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) and dubbed the freshly constituted saffron government in the Goa as "corrupt alliance".

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI that Goa has a temporary government.

"Goa has a temporary government. It's a corrupt alliance. The BJP here had been completely rejected by people during polls," said Raut.

Earlier on Thursday, former defence minister and newly-appointed Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar established victory in the Goa Assembly as 22 MLAs stood in his support.

16 MLAs opposed Parrikar's candidature as the Chief Minister, while one MLA was absent.

The Supreme Court had ordered a floor test as the Congress challenged his appointment, citing Goa Governor Mridula Sinha did not follow the procedure as dictated by the Constitution.

Despite the BJP ending up second behind the Congress in a split mandate, Parrikar had claimed the support of 22 legislators, two more than the halfway mark in the 40-member Assembly.

The Congress won 17 seats in the elections but was not able to prove majority.

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