As cryptic as the hour calls for, Congress sources say one pro-BJP independent and one "smaller party" legislator are in talks with them, taking their tally for 17 to 19. They say the party now needs just two more legislators to topple BJP's majority.
Under fire from his party's own, who say "mismanagement" and dithering cost the Congress Goa, as well as Manipur, while the BJP managed to stitch together a majority despite winning fewer seats, Mr Singh said, "There is no crisis as far as Goa and Manipur are concerned. The High Command had fully authorised the General Secretaries in charge to take decision and there was no interference."
"There was no delay in picking our leader in the state," he said, rejecting an accusation levelled by the BJP and also kingmaker Vijai Sardesai, a one-time Mr Parrikar-baiter whose party Goa Forward propped up his government with three crucial seats.
But whether the Congress has finally managed to swing the stream in its favour will be apparent only this morning when the Assembly convenes at 11:30 am. The BJP said it was confident it will hold on to the support of 22 legislators - one more than the majority mark.
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