Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was sworn-in as Goa’s new Chief Minister on Tuesday evening in the presence of state governor and party members. This will bTuesdaykar’s fourth stint as the Goa Chief Minister. Even though BJP failed to get the majority and won only 13 out of 40 seats in the state, it got support from BGP (3), GFP (3) and 2 independent candidates to form the government. The Supreme Court has ordered a floor test on 16th March where BJp will have to prove its majority. After being the Chief Minister he said, “I agree the mandate is fractured, but with 22 MLAs together the vote share is more than sufficient. It’s post-poll alliance.”
“The support extended to BJP to form govt in Goa is only for Goa’s development. No MLA wanted to support Congress,” Parrikar added. Previously, Parrikar served as the Chief Minister of Goa in three different tenures between 24 October 2000 to 3 June 2002 (1 year, 223 days), 3 June 2002 to 2 February 2005 (2 years, 244 days) and 9 March 2012 to 8 November 2014 (2 years, 244 days). In 2014, he joined Narendra Modi’s cabinet as the Defence Minister and was succeeded in Goa by Laxmi Kant Parsekar who lost in this year’s assembly election.
According to the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari Parrikar was asked to return to Goa after BJP failed to get a clear mandate on 11th March and other parties demanded Parrikar’s return to Goa for giving support to the party. The ceremony was organised after a day’s drama where many Congress leaders accused BJP of horse-trading in the state but the Supreme Court rejected their plea to put a stay on oath taking ceremony.
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Responding to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s remarks, Arun Jaitley said the Supreme Court has given the right order and BJP fully confident of getting majority in Goa. The Finance Minister who has taken the additional charge of Defence Ministry added, “it is a big responsibility, I will start from where Manohar Parrikar Ji left.”