Thank Gadkari for aggressive MLA buying: Digvijaya Singh retorts to Parrikar's comment in RS

New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Saturday sought an apology from Goa CM Manohar Parrikar for "cheating the people of the state", and asked him to thank Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for "aggressive MLA buying", thus helping him form the government in the coastal state.

File image of Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. PTI

File image of Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. PTI

"Shame on you Mr Parrikar and your hunger for Power. You have cheated the People of Goa. Apologise to them," he said on Twitter.

His remarks came a day after the Goa Chief Minister took a dig at him by thanking him for the government formation in the state. Earlier on Friday, Parrikar had thanked Digvijay for failing to cobble together a majority in the state despite the party winning the largest number of assembly seats. "My special thanks to honourable member Digvijay Singh, who happened to be in Goa but did nothing so that I could form the government," he had said in the Rajya Sabha. He had said he wanted to thank Digvijay, who is in-charge of the Congress party's affairs in Goa, "because he was roaming around in Goa and I was able to form the Government in Goa."

Digvijaya said Parrikar should instead thank Nitin Gadkari for doing "aggressive MLA buying".

"Manohar Parrikar thanks me for letting him form Govt in Goa. If he has to thank anyone, it is Nitin Gadkari who did aggressive MLA shopping on 12th March early morning from an hotel in Goa.


"And the Goa Governor who violated the Constitution, Sarkaria Commission guideline and the Supreme Court...and robbed the mandate of people of Goa," he said in a series of tweets. In Goa, the Congress had emerged as the largest party after the recently held polls, but the BJP led by Parrikar managed to form the government with the support of other parties.

Congress had won 17 seats in the 40-member state Assembly, while the BJP secured 13 seats.

With inputs from PTI and IANS


Published Date: Apr 01, 2017 03:53 pm | Updated Date: Apr 01, 2017 03:54 pm



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