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Goa assembly floor test live: CM Manohar Parrikar set to prove majority today

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New Delhi: Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar is set to prove majority on Thursday in a special session of the legislative assembly. Parrikar, who resigned as defence minister from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet, was sworn in along with nine ministers on Tuesday, and has exuded confidence about proving majority.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 13 seats in the 40-member Goa legislative assembly, but Parrikar has managed to create a coalition, which includes three MLAs each from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three Independents, which takes the total tally of the BJP-led coaliton to 22.

The Congress emerged as the largest party with 17 MLAs, but the party failed to get support of non-BJP parties. The party later also alleged BJP of using “money power” to cobble a coalition and petitioned the Supreme Court to stall the swearing-in of Parrikar. The apex court rejected the Congress petition, but asked governor Mridula Sinha to hold a special session to let the BJP-led coalition take a floor test.

Here are the latest updates and highlights from Goa:

■ 11.20am: The trust vote in Goa legislative assembly is reportedly scheduled at 11.30am after newly elected MLAs sworn in.

■ 11am: A section of Congress MLAs in Goa has sought appointment with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi to apprise him about the “mismanagement” by senior leaders which they blame for the botched bid to capture power. The anguish of the party MLAs’ seems to be directed at AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh who has been handling the party affairs in Goa ahead and after elections. (PTI)

■ 10.45am: Parrikar reaches state assembly ahead of the floor test at the special session. PTI had earlier reported that Parrikar will present Goa’s budget on 24 March.

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