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Manohar Parrikar Set To Become Goa’s Chief Minister As BJP Conjures Up The Numbers

Updated on 15 March, 2017 at 1:22 pm By

On March 11 the BJP marched to a massive mandate in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, but Goa painted a tad different picture.

The party, in power in the coastal state, got only 13 seats against Congress party’s 17. The humiliation was that Laxmikant Parsekar became the first sitting CM in Goa’s history to lose from his seat.


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But Goa was not totally gone for the BJP. There was a ray of hope in the form of the other parties who won seats in the 40-member assembly.

Today, as the sun sets over Goa, the BJP is all set to form a government because of the equations it forged with these parties.

Reports say that Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and the three Independents have decided to support the party. Both MGP and GFP have three MLAs.

 


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This brings BJP’s tally to 22 and basically means that almost everyone has extended support to the party in power at the Centre.

However, the catalyst that boosted this equation was name of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar doing the rounds for the CM’s post.

 

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The Goa BJP passed a resolution today naming Parrikar as the chief minister if BJP is able to form a coalition government.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari told the media that the smaller parties insisted on Manohar Parrikar as the CM, which he appears to be ready for.



 

Following his meeting with the Governor, Gadkari said that Parrikar will have to resign as defence minister. In the role of the defence minister Parrikar set new benchmarks.

Parrikar has by far been one of the best defence ministers in India’s history. This is exactly what people are commenting about on social media.

 


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In the 2012 Goa assembly election, Parrikar had led the party to victory. In November 2014, the Modi government made him the defence minister.

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