The Ancient Times
Report by:Pradip Bhattacharya
Congress today charged the BJP party with abduction, defection, inducement, intimidation and polarization characterize the vision for “New India” under Mr. Modi.
A senior Congress leader and spokesman of the AICC, Randeep Singh Surjewala charged that the BJP’s machinations are on full display in its pursuit to defeat the people’s mandate and to install a rejected party at the helm in Panaji and Imphal by violating every canon of constitutional propriety., In a blog of Congress party, the senior leader has stated that the Goans not only elected the Congress as the single largest party with 17 seats plus 1 independent but also decisively defeated the sitting BJP Government, including its sitting Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar as also 6 sitting BJP Ministers, bringing the tally of BJP from 21 MLA’s in last Assembly to 13 in the present one.
The BJP with 13 MLA’s has cobbled an arrangement of vested interests wherein the law of the land and the will of the people have been subverted at the altar of political expediency and legitimacy. The BJP that claims to be a “party with a difference” has truly demonstrated their “difference” by trampling on institutions and the mandate of the people. It is now clear that Modi ji’s brand of ‘New India’ is founded on ‘Defections rather than ‘Elections’. A similar sinister game has been played out in Imphal, converting a minority of 21 MLA’s into a majority ignoring the majority mandate of 28 Congress MLA’s.
On the formation of Goa government, Congress asked,’’ Did the Supreme Court err in appreciating this unequivocal Constitutional position? If ‘majority mandate’ is to be tested on ‘who rushed to the Governor first’, we would be setting a dangerous precedent where Governors would play the ‘black magic’ of converting ‘minority’ into ‘majority’’.
This would turn the constitutional obligation of the Governors under Article 164 on its head. By no stretch of imagination could the Supreme Court be deemed to have reinterpreted established Constitutional conventions and law in this fashion-