Congress to avoid Goa like fiasco, to stake claim to form govt

Bhopal: Riding high on the prediction of exit polls and its own internal surveys, Congress is preparing to stake claim for the formation of the government in Madhya Pradesh without an official invitation from the governor. Party has planned the move following the Goa fiasco last year where it had failed to form government despite being the single largest party.

The incident had left the party stung and then in-charge of Goa, Digvijaya Singh, was removed later. Sources said the party is likely to stake claim, the moment election results determine a clear victory. Congress leader also confirmed that a senior representative chosen by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, would fly down from Delhi on Tuesday evening, if situation favours Congress. “In a first, a representative of Rahul Gandhi would join us by evening and a meeting of chosen representatives would be held the next day,” said a senior party office bearer.

Not ready to take chances

Party sources said that the senior leaders have decided they will stake claim on Wednesday. A senior leader requesting anonymity admitted that considering that the contest is quite close, congress would take no chances. “Even if the Congress party reaches absolute majority, it won’t wait, rather the delegation would immediately meet the governor,” he said. Congress would be in a stage of forming government by Friday, if everything works according to the plans, he added.

What had happened in Goa?

In Goa, the Congress came out as the single largest party winning 17 seats, while the BJP had won 13 Assembly constituencies in the 40 member Assembly last year. Although, the Congress kept pondering over the situation, BJP was fast enough to stake claim and was invited by the governor to form the government. BJP successfully formed the government in Goa. Leader in-charge of state, Digvijaya Singh was criticized severely for slackness in handling the overall situation.

Thank You hoardings

Even as counting of Assembly election votes cast across 230 constituencies will be done on Tuesday, hoardings put up outside the Congress HQ celebrating the formation of a Congress government in Madhya Pradesh under the party’s state President Kamal Nath have become a subject of discussion. The hoardings express gratitude to the electorate and workers. “I have been saying for several months that our party shall form the government,” Nath told the press but dodged a poser regarding who would be the chief minister.