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Panaji, Jul 26: BJP-led political combine on Thursday said that they will stake the claim to form the next government in the state before Governor S C Jamir at Raj Bhavan by afternoon.

The Governor is out of station and is expected to arrive this morning, Raj Bhavan sources confirmed.

Congress woman legislator Victoria Fernandes walking into the hotel after resigning as a member of legislative assembly.

MGP legislator and minister Sudin Dhavlikar standing beside two BJP legislators in the hotel.

Independent legislator Anil Salgaoncar seen with MGP legislator Sudin Dhavlikar.

Save Goa Front legislator Aleixo Lowrenco Reginald (in middle) with Victoria Fernandes and BJP legislator Dayanand Sopte.

 BJP legislator Vijay Pai Khot discussing with MGP legislator Dipak Dhavalikar also seen is Victoria Fernandes.

SGF supremo Churchill alemao seen with Victoria Fernandes.

BJP leader Manohar Parrikar addressing the legislators in the hotel.

BJP legislators Laxmikant Parsekar and Ramesh Tawadkar in a five star hotel last mid night

"We will stake the claim before the Governor. If he does not give us chance, we will defeat the government on the floor of the house,'' BJP leader Manohar Parrikar, who is likely to be next chief minister of the state, once they prove majority, told reporters late Wednesday midnight.

"The Govenor has to abide by the constitution. Maharashtrawadi Gomantak party (MGP) has withdrawn the support while lady congress legislator Victoria Fernandes has resigned reducing the Congress-led formation to minority,'' Parrikar said.

The 49-day-long Digamber Kamat led government was sworn in on June eight after Congress got majority seat during the June Two Goa assembly polls. Congress with its 16 legislators, nationalistic congress party (NCP) three legislators, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak party with two legislators along with two more independents had formed the state government.

BJP with its 14 legislators had become the main opposition party while two legislator strong Save Goa Front and United Goans Democratic party with its lone legislator had given outside support to the Kamat-led government.
``All the parties are participating in the government.... We are not taking any outside support. Everyone is with us,'' Parrikar said.

Parrikar, admitting that he will be leading the political formation, ruled out that the BJP is encouraging defections in the state. ``Victoria (Fernandes) has resigned because she was humiliated by the party. We have not taken support of any other congress legislator,'' he reasoned.

The late night development has left Kamat led government into minority. The Congress-led government was brought down to 19 legislators while BJP-led opposition has 20 legislators on its side in the 40-member Goa assembly.

Earlier report of the day, July 26, 2007:


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