File photo of former finance minister P Chidambaram addressing the Jan Vedna Sammelan in January 2017. (Source: Indian National Congress Website)

BJP ‘Stealing’ Elections In Goa, Manipur, Chidambaram Says

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of "stealing" elections in Goa and Manipur, saying a party which comes second has "no right" to form the government.

Another Congress leader, Digvijay Singh, said it was the victory of “money power” over “people's power”.

"A party that comes second has no right to form government. BJP stealing elections in Goa and Manipur (sic)," Chidambaram said in a tweet.

The comment of the former finance and home minister came after the BJP staked claim to form the government in Goa and Manipur – where it failed to emerge as the single largest party -- with the support of smaller parties and some independent candidates.

In both these states, the Congress has emerged as the single largest party in the assembly elections results of which were declared on March 11.

In Goa, the governor has already invited BJP leader and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to form the government.

In Manipur, the BJP has met the governor and claimed that it enjoyed the support from three small National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents, a Congress member of legislative assembly (MLA) and the lone Trinamool Congress legislator, taking its tally to 32 in the 60-member assembly.

In Goa, the BJP gathered support from three members each of the Goa Forward Party (GFP), the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and two Independents, taking the tally of the coalition to 21 in the 40-member assembly. The lone NCP MLA was also claimed to have extended support.

The Congress had won 28 seats in Manipur and 17 in Goa, followed by the BJP 21 and 13 seats, respectively.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, however, took a dig at the Congress.

"In 2002 NC was single largest but Governor called Cong & Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because he was satisfied they had the numbers to form Govt (sic)," the National Conference (NC) leader said, referring to the Congress-PDP government in Jammu and Kashmir led by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.