After fast-paced discussions with Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Goa Forward Party, independent candidate Rohan Khaunte and BJP-supported independent Govind Gaude, the BJP has managed to stitch up an alliance in Goa. With this new alliance, BJP has reached the target of 21 seats, as required to form the government in Goa. Manohar Parrikar will be taking oath as the Chief Minister of Goa on Tuesday.
It may be recalled that the MGP and Goa Forward Part had agreed to support BJP only on the condition that Parrikar will be the CM of Goa. Parrikar has resigned from the post of Defense Minister. “I have tendered my resignation as Defense Minister and have sent it to the PMO. I will be taking the oath (as Goa chief minister) tomorrow evening, along with the cabinet ministers,” said Parrikar.
However, the total number of ministers who will be taking oath in the new government has yet to be finalized. Parrikar said that information will be provided to media once the internal discussions are over and things are sorted out. The invitation to form the government in Goa was given by Governor Mridula Sinha to Parrikar after he submitted an affidavit of support that had the signatures of 21 MLAs. Governor Mridula Sinha has already issued a letter, appointing Parrikar as the Chief Minister of Goa.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been given the charge of Defense Ministry after Parrikar’s resignation.