NEW DELHI -- The war of words between newly-appointed Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Congress leader Digvijaya Singh does not seem to end anytime soon.
A day after Parrikar trained his guns at Singh and "thanked" him for failing to cobble together a majority in Goa despite the Congress party winning the maximum number of assembly seats, the latter on Saturday called the former "hungry for power" and sought an apology from him for having cheated the people of Goa.
People of Goa did not give mandate to BJP. Manohar Parrikar has cheated the people of Goa & he must apologize: Digvijaya Singh, Congress pic.twitter.com/Ben1Q4wDt9— ANI (@ANI_news) April 1, 2017
"Shame on you Mr Parrikar and your hunger for Power. You have cheated the People of Goa. Apologise to them," Singh said on Twitter.
Earlier on Friday, Parrikar took a dig at the Congress general secretary saying his incompetence led to the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) victory in the state.
"Of course, I thanked Digvijaya for letting us form the government. It is because of his incompetence that we formed the government here. He kept roaming around and we formed the government in 48 hours. His own MLA did not have faith in him, while we built consensus with the regional parties," Parrikar told the Rajya Sabha.
Digvijaya, who was in-charge of the Congress affairs in Goa, had earlier said the constitutional norms were not followed by Governor Mridula Sinha, adding that the Congress despite being the single largest party was not invited to form the government in the state.
Earlier on 16 March, former defence minister 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 that the Goa Governor 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 half-way mark in the 40-member Assembly.
The Congress won 17 seats but was not able to prove majority.
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