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Manohar Parrikar may become Goa CM; meets Governor with allies

In an effort to stitch up an alliance in Goa, where none of the parties have been able to secure majority, BJP’s Manohar Parrikar met the governor today to discuss the possibility of forming the government in Goa. Manohar Parrikar was accompanied by MLAs from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party. However, Parrikar denied reports that talked about his resignation from the post of Defense Minister. He might resign at a later date, before taking oath as the Chief Minister of Goa. Parrikar has unanimous support from all the BJP MLAs in Goa. Moreover, the MGP has also said that it will support BJP if it is led by Parrikar in Goa. The BJP MLAs have made a request to BJP party chief Amit Shah to nominate Parrikar as the leader of the legislature party.

It may be recalled that BJP has won 13 seats in the 40-member Goa assembly. On the other hand, the Congress has won 17 seats. However, the seats required for majority is 21, which means that it is currently a hung house in Goa assembly. The MGP, Goa Forward Party and independents have won 3 seats each, whereas the NCP has won a single seat. If BJP can get the support of MGP, Goa Forward Party and 2 independents, then it can claim to form the government in Goa. However, the same possibility can also be explored by the Congress that needs only 4 seats to form majority.

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