Manohar Parrikar Resigns as Defence Minister, Swearing-in Likely to be on Tuesday

Posted On March 12, 2017 By In National News, Politics, Top Stories


Manohar Parrikar resigned as Defence Minister on Sunday and is set to form the government in Goa with support from Independents and non-Congress parties.

Parrikar met Governor Mridula Sinha in the evening.

Earlier in the day, BJP leader Michael Lobo, who won from Calangute constituency, said BJP MLAs have passed a resolution seeking party chief Amit Shah’s nod to elect Parrikar as the state legislature party leader.

Sources in the BJP told CNN-News18 that it has received support from the three parties. With seven seats from these three parties, the BJP, which won 13 seats, has 20 seats in hand. It will need the support of one of the three Independent MLAs to reach the majority mark of 21 in the 40-seat Assembly. Independent MLA Govind Gawade, who was backed by the party during the election from Priol constituency, is expected to back the BJP. The Congress has 17 seats.

Sources told CNN-News18 that the NCP, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party also want Parrikar back as Goa CM.

Outgoing CM Laxmikant Parsekar lost the election from Mandrem and had anyway not been projected as the CM face before elections. Party leaders had earlier indicated that Parrikar may return to Goa as the CM.

“The people want Parrikar to come back to Goa. Now it will depend on the Goa Forward Party and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party. If they support us, we will form the government in the state,” BJP legislator Michael Lobo had told reporters outside party headquarters in Panaji earlier on Sunday.

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has accused the BJP of indulging in horse-trading. “Go ahead if you (BJP) have the support of more than 21 (MLAs). We are ready to sit in Opposition, but its a coup against people’s mandate,” he said.

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