Senior BJP leader Manohar Parrikar, who is currently serving as Union Defence Minister, is set to return as Chief Minister of Goa. Parrikar will soon resign as Defence Minister. Making the official announcement, senior leader Nitin Gadkari said that Parrikar has decided to take over as Goa CM at party’s will. Gadkari told media that other two parties – MGP and GFP, agreed to support BJP only at the condition of Parrikar becoming state chief minister. “MGP, GFP said during our discussions that if Manohar Parrikar becomes Goa CM candidate, then we will support,” Gadkari said. “All of the leaders in cabinet wanted Manohar Parrikar ji to remain as the defence minister, however, after much thinking the decision was left with me, in party’s interest Manohar ji decided to take over as Goa’s CM,” Gadkari added. Earlier, Parrikar long with the leaders of GFP and MGP, met state Governor Mridula Sinha to stake claim on Government. Speaking to media, Parrikar said: “We met the Governor, expecting an invitation.Once we receive it,we will consult our colleagues and decide the date for swearing in.” Parrikar added that it was a difficult decision to leave defence ministry. “Manohar Parrikar will have to give resignation as Defence Minister before becoming Goa CM, but he has not given it yet,” Gadkari said.
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Earlier, newly elected BJP MLAs on passed a resolution demanding the return of Parrikar as the Chief Minister of Goa. The resolution was passed at a meeting of BJP MLAs at a meeting attended by Parrikar, union minister Nitin Gadkari and caretaker Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar. Parrikar left the meeting temporarily when the resolution was passed, BJP MLA Michael Lobo told reporters. “We want Parrikar as the CM of Goa. We have faxed our resolution to party President Amit Shah,” Lobo told reporters. Parrikar was Chief Minister of Goa before he was elevated as the Defence Minister in November 2014.
As the Assembly Election results came out on Saturday, the newly formed Goa Forward Party (GFP), floated just a year ago, emerged a force to reckon with, winning three seats – Fatorda, Siolim and Saligao. GFP candidates defeated two BJP ministers Dayanand Mandrekar (Siolim) and Dilip Parulekar (Saligao). While the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party won in three constituencies, but lost two sitting seats Ponda — represented by Lavoo Mamlatdar — and Priol from where party President Dipak Dhavalikar was elected last time. The party retained Madkai, where its leader Sudin Dhavalikar won with a margin of more than 10,000 votes. It also won Pernem where its candidate Manohar Asgaonkar defeated BJP Minister Rajendra Arlekar and Sanvordem where its nominee Dipak Pawaskar trounced BJP’s sitting MLA Ganesh Gaonkar.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s tally had fell to 13 seats from 21 seats, while the Congress has gained a major lead of seven seats from its earlier number of 9, taking its tally to 17 seats. While the saffron party is 8 short of a majority, the Congress needs 4 more to form the government. Speaking on the results, Defence minister Manohar Parrikar has said that state has delivered a fractured mandate and BJP’s welcomes people’s mandate