Defence minister Manohar Parrikar appointed Goa chief minister

Goa governor Mridula Sinha on Sunday appointed defence minister Manohar Parrikar as the state’s new chief minister. Parrikar has been asked to prove majority on the floor of the Goa legislative assembly 15 days after being sworn in, a letter issued by secretary to the governor, Rupesh Kumar Thakur, said. The letter, which said that Parrikar had submitted evidence of support of 21 MLAs before the governor, comes hours after Parrikar said he was willing to resign his from Union ministry post to take up the CM mantle.

According to party sources, Parrikar is likely to be sworn in on Tuesday or Wednesday. With 13 seats, the BJP finished second to the Congress’ 17 in the 40-member Goa assembly with 10 seats spread among smaller parties and independents. It is now supported by three legislators each of the Goa Forward Party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and two Independent legislators.

Earlier on Sunday, Parrikar met governor Mridula Sinha with letters of support from the regional parties and independent MLAs.“Parrikar is ready to become the chief minister, but he hasn’t resigned yet,” said Union highways minister Nitin Gadkari who was in Panaji to help negotiate with the regional parties.In a press conference on Sunday evening, Gadkari said Parrikar would quit his position as defence minister before taking oath as the chief minister.

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