Manohar Parrikar has resigned as Defence Minister. He will take oath as the Chief Minister of Goa tomorrow. The swearing-in ceremony is likely to take place at 5 pm on Tuesday in Panaji, according to a report. BJP president Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari will attend the swearing-in ceremony, said Parrikar. This comes after BJP had pulled off a coup and staked the claim to form the next government in Goa in coalition with local outfits and independents under Manohar Parrikar, despite being a runner-up behind the Congress.
Capping the day of fast-paced developments, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha last night appointed Parrikar, the BJP Legislature Party leader, as the chief minister and asked him to prove majority on floor of House within 15 days of taking oath. In evening, the BJP members led by the incumbent Defence Minister called on the Governor and formally staked the government formation claim. The BJP has enlisted the support of two independents, three members each of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP).
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Though the lone NCP member Churchill Alemao has also backed the coalition, he is yet to submit the formal letter of support. “Governor Mridula Sinha has appointed Manohar Parrikar, the Leader of the Goa BJP legislature party, as the chief minister of Goa,” Rupesh Kumar Thakur, Secretary to Governor has stated in the press note issued here tonight. Parrikar has submitted evidence before Governor, the support of 13 MLAs of BJP, 3 MLAs of MGP, 3 of Goa Forward party and two independent MLAs thus having a total strength of 21 MLAs in the 40-member assembly, it stated.
“The Governor has asked Parrikar to prove majority in the Legislative Assembly session within 15 days after administration of oath of office,” the note said. The BJP, which has bagged 13 seats, four less than the Congress which has emerged as the single largest party, stole the march on its rival which has failed to muster the numbers to capture power. In the 40-member House, the Congress has 17 MLAs, followed by the BJP with 13, MGP (3), GFP (3), NCP (1) and Independents (3).
(With agency inputs)