After the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Congress is trying its best to topple the BJP government in the state while the saffron party is sweating to hold the allies together.
2017 Assembly elections gave a fractured verdict with Congress bagging 16 seats to become the single largest party. BJP got 15 and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward Party won 3 each. Three independents also won.
Parrikar served as the CM for nearly 8 years in the coastal state. He wrested the power from the Congress and regional parties for the first time in 2000. He continued till 2005. Parrikar could form his third government only in 2012.
In 2014, he joined the six-month-old Narendra Modi government at the centre. Laxmikant Parsekar replaced Parrikar in Goa.
Parsekar lost in the 2017 elections. As the allies MGP and GFP demanded the return of Parrikar to the state, BJP had no other options than making him the Chief Minister again.
This is the reason why the saffron party will struggle to continue with forming the government again. They have to find a leader who is accepted by all allies and independents. Reports suggest that they have finalised on Pramod Sawant, the Speaker of the Assembly.
The by-elections to three constituencies (necessitated by the death of a BJP legislature and resignation of two Congress lawmakers) will be held along with the general elections.
Meanwhile, Congress legislators met the Goa Governor Mridula Sinha staking claim to form the government.
Technically, the 36-member strong Assembly (4 seats vacant) needs 19 MLAs’ support to prove the majority. And they should win at least two seats in the by-election. With allies backing BJP, the Congress does not constitute any threat to NDA.