Day after election results were declared in Goa, The BJP legislatures have written a letter to party president Amit Shah demanding that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar be sent back to the state as chief minister. In the result that was announced yesterday, it was a hung Assembly in go with Congress becoming the single largest party with 17 , followed by the BJP which got 13 in the 40-member seats.
The demand has come following the defeat of CM Laxmikant Parsekar from his constituency. Earlier in the day, there were reports that the Goa Forward Party and some independent leaders may support the saffron party in its effort to form government in the state. It’s leaders are expected to meet Goa Governor Mridula Sinha today. Parties like MGP and couple of independent leaders are in talks with BJP leaders.
Speaking on Goa results yesterday, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said that things were not all dark for the party.
The BJP has been running neck and neck against the Congress party which has made surprisingly good gains despite being drubbed everywhere except in Punjab where the victory (it won 77 seats out of 117) was ascribed more to Captain Amarinder Singh’s efforts than the campaigns of party Vice President Rahul Gandhi.
In Goa, the BJP was not able to strategise or deploy the charismatic energy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi or his strategist, party president Amit Shah and this allowed the Congress to claw itself back from a certain losing position as seen ahead of counting day. In Goa, the BJP has won just 13 of 17 seats and finds itself in a minority.
However, the hope that Parrikar was talking about were in the form of the 10 independent candidates who had won. Clearly, he was saying that the BJP would be approaching them to bolster its count and take it past that of the Congress.
While Parrikar did not comment at all about the possibility of his coming back to state politics, especially as the current chief minister Parsekar has been defeated today, he did indicate the party’s next likely step.
He said, “Party will stake claim if it gets enough support.” Parrikar is known to prefer state politics over his stay at the Centre. Parrikar added, “We don’t try to pass on the buck; we are all responsible for the fractured mandate.”