Manohar Parrikar was on Tuesday sworn in as Goa Chief Minister for the fourth time after the Supreme Court bench gave its clearance, rejecting the Congress' plea to stay the oath-taking. In both states the pattern is disturbingly similar: a hung assembly where the Congress is the single largest party but just short of a majority, the BJP is a relatively distant second (but with a higher vote share), and smaller parties hold the key to government formation.
During the meeting with the governor, the BJP contingent of 13 MLAs was accompanied by three legislators each of the Goa Forward party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and three Independent legislators.
Infighting within the Congress was the reason that regional parties and independents chose to join hands with BJP, Parrikar said.
After being elected as the Goa Chief Minister for a fourth term on Tuesday, Manohar Parrikar said that the BJP alone, not the Congress, could bring stability to the state.
"Inspite of having 17 seats, they (the Congress) are still fighting internally, so no one is in the mood to support them", said Mr Parrikar.
Now five years down the line, the party is in power in 13 states.
BJP has proved all pollsters wrong with an absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh. "There will be changes in the Congress soon".
Congress not committing yet to Akhilesh Yadav's suggestion of secular alliance
The exit polls for Uttar Pradesh have predicted a massive gain for the BJP in the state and that Mayawati will be decimated. During the 2012 assembly elections, Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav addressed over 300 election rallies.
The court said all issues raised in the Congress's petition could be resolved by the simple direction of holding a floor test.
Goa Governor Mridula Sinha administered the oath of office to Parrikar at the Raj Bhavan here. He is set to meet Governor Dr Najma A Heptulla to formally stake claim to form the government.
Prospects of a stable government, development of Goa and ideals of Goenkarpon (interest of Goa) made the allies team up with the BJP.
While Congress didn't win the coastal state hands down, the mandate was more against the BJP with the outgoing chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar losing from his seat too.
A former minister in the Ibobi Singh-led Congress government, Biren thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP leadership for giving him an opportunity to serve Manipur.
Both AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh and his deputy Chella Kumar reached Panaji on March 10, a day before election results were out. The then Governor Sibte Razi had invited Shibu Soren though the single largest party was BJP.
Meanwhile, the lone Nationalist Congress Party MLA Churchill Alemao, who has been a part of a Congress-led coalition government from 2007-12, has said he was keen to be a part of a government. They appeared before the governor in person and submitted a letter of support.