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Goa Coalition Government Passes Floor Test; Manohar Parrikar Takes A Jab At Congress

Published on 16 March, 2017 at 1:17 pm By

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s newly formed government passed the floor test on Thursday. The floor test was ordered by the Supreme Court which had earlier refused to put a stay on Parrikar’s swearing-in as the Chief Minister.


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The coalition government comprising the BJP, the Goa Forward Party (GFP), the Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and three independents secured 22 votes in favor in the 40-member Assembly.

The majority mark was 21. BJP had 13 seats as against Congress party’s 17.

Parrikar took oath as the chief minister on Tuesday evening. Nine legislators, including those from the coalition, were sworn in, too.

He had then expressed confidence that his government will last for the full term of five years. “Let everyone be very clear that this government will last for its full tenure,” he said.

After winning the trust vote, Parrikar addressed the media in which he took a jab at Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh.

 


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When asked to comment on the allegations of “stealing the elections” levelled by the Congress party, Parrikar said, “Those with coloured glasses made these allegations.”

“They (the members of the coalition) came on their own. They were not kept in hotel rooms or in some secluded places as was the case of the opposition,” he said.

 

Manohar Parrikar at the oath taking ceremony on Tuesday evening. Nirmal Harindran/Indian Express

Parrikar said that the name of the Speaker will be discussed in the Cabinet meeting to be held on March 17 and the name will be announced possibly by March 18.

He told the media that the decision to appoint a deputy CM will be taken by the coalition.

“As promised, by April 14 our government will be announcing the common minimum program towards the development of Goa and how to generate employment. Main issue is to keep special position of state,” he said.

 

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“Today the PM felt that I am needed in Goa so I returned to Goa,” he said when asked about why he chose to vacate the post of the Defence Minister.

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