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Goa Polls 2017: Prez accepts Manohar Parrikar's resignation, Arun Jaitley gets additional charge of Defence Ministry

Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Will Take Oath As Goa Chief Minister On Tuesday At 5pm. Parrikar Has Tendered His Resignation From The Union Cabinet Post On Monday. He Was Chosen As The BJP Legislative Party Leader In Goa On Sunday.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Arshi Aggarwal | Updated on: 13 Mar 2017, 03:31:22 PM
Goa Assembly: Manohar Parrikar to take oath as CM on Tuesday (File Photo)

New Delhi:

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday accepted Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's resignation as later would take oath as Goa Chief Minister on Tuesday at 5pm. Arun Jaitley has got additional charge of Defence Ministry

Parrikar has tendered his resignation from the Union cabinet post on Monday. He was chosen as the BJP legislative party leader in Goa on Sunday.

Despite being a runner-up behind the Congress, the BJP pulled off a coup and staked the claim to form the next government in Goa in coalition with local outfits and independents under Manohar Parrikar, a day after the fractured verdict.

As the saffron party outmanoeuvred the Congress in its bid for power, AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh has accused Parrikar of indulging in “horse trading and “hijacking the popular mandate which was in favour of the Congress.”

Capping the day of fast-paced developments, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Sunday night appointed Parrikar, the BJP Legislature Party leader, as the chief minister and asked him to prove majority on floor of House within 15 days of taking oath.

Read | Governor appoints Manohar Parrikar as Chief Minister of state

On Sunday evening, the BJP members led by the incumbent Defence Minister called on the Governor and formally staked the government formation claim.

The BJP has enlisted the support of two independents, three members each of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP).

Though the lone NCP member Churchill Alemao has also backed the coalition, he is yet to submit the formal letter of support.

“Governor Mridula Sinha has appointed Manohar Parrikar, the Leader of the Goa BJP legislature party, as the chief minister of Goa,” Rupesh Kumar Thakur, Secretary to Governor has stated in the press note issued in Panaji on Sunday night.

Read | Manohar Parrikar has 'hijacked' popular mandate: Digvijaya Singh

Parrikar has submitted evidence before Governor, the support of 13 MLAs of BJP, 3 MLAs of MGP, 3 of Goa Forward party and two independent MLAs thus having a total strength of 21 MLAs in the 40-member assembly, it stated.

“The Governor has asked Parrikar to prove majority in the Legislative Assembly session within 15 days after administration of oath of office,” the note said.

The BJP, which has bagged 13 seats, four less than the Congress which has emerged as the single largest party, stole the march on its rival which has failed to muster the numbers to capture power.

In the 40-member House, the Congress has 17 MLAs, followed by the BJP with 13, MGP (3), GFP (3), NCP (1) and Independents (3).

“Though the BJP fell short of the numbers required to form government, with the help of alliance partners, the magical figure of 21 seats is achieved.

“I promise that we will give stable government which will work towards the development of the state,” Parriakr told reporters in a joint press conference with Union minister and BJP’s Goa election incharge Nitin Gadkari.

Addressing reporters after the BJP staked the claim, Gadkari said Parrikar will resign as Defence Minister before taking oath as Chief Minister of Goa.

“When none of the parties could get absolute majority in Goa, it was obvious that we would form the government with the like-minded parties. I held meetings with MGP and Goa Forward Party who put forth the condition that they would support the party only if government is led by Manohar Parrikar,” he said.

Gadkari said the decision to send Parrikar, who was doing a “tremendous good job as defence minister, back to Goa has been endorsed by BJP Parliamentary Board.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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First Published : 13 Mar 2017, 11:08:00 AM