In a startling and an audacious revelation, the Governor of Goa, Smt. Mridula Sinha has shockingly accepted that she consulted Union Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, to invite the BJP for Government formation in the state. This proves that BJP manufactured the Goa majority while the Governor acted in cahoots with the central leadership in Delhi.
The Supreme Court has time and again reiterated that it is the duty of the Governor to "act judiciously” while exercising their power under Art 164 at the time of appointing the Chief Minister. However, the atrocious admission of the Governor, Smt. Sinha conclusively proves that her actions were politically motivated under the clear instructions of the Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley.
In her interviews, when asked as to why she did not invite the Congress party, which was the Single Largest Party, the Governor, Smt. Sinha divulges that she "heard they could not elect their Legislature Party leader, nor get enough support”. We want to ask the Governor, where did she hear it from? Did she hear it from anybody in the Congress party? Did she hear it from some Akashwani in the sky? How can she take such a decision without consulting the Honourable President of India or without studying its legal ramifications? The established convention, under such a scenario, the Governor approaches the President of India and submits a report to him and seeks guidance for a way forward.
Rather than consulting the President of India or the Attorney General of India, she consulted the Union Minister, in this case, Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley who is a party in this case, hence indulging in massive Constitutional impropriety.
She is on quote: -
"I didn't speak with the Centre, no one approached me, no one called me. Then Parrikar informed me around 6.30 pm on Sunday that he would show up with his supporters and they came and I spoke with them for about an hour and a half. I am a psychologist, so I studied and analysed them. I saw their signatures on the letters. I deliberated on the matter.
Then I felt I should speak with Arun Jaitley, and I called him around 9.30 in the evening, discussing the situation. I informed him I had verified the numbers and was satisfied”
In this context the Indian National Congress would like to make 3 demands:
- These revelations demonstrate that the act of the Governor to consult the Union Finance Minister and not the President of India, is a serious matter of constitutional impropriety and an unpardonable dereliction of duty.
- Since the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley could not have advised the Governor with respect to Government Formation, why should the Prime Minister not take action against the Finance Minister? Or are we to assume that he was authorized by the dirty tricks department of the BJP?
- We urge the Honourable President of India to exercise his powers under Art 156 (1) and immediately dismiss the Governor of Goa for abdicating her Constitutional responsibilities and oath of secrecy. Recently, the President of India had dismissed the Arunachal Pradesh Governor for similar acts of impropriety.