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Manohar Parrikar takes oath as Goa CM ahead of Thursday's trust vote

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had refused to stay the swearing-in ceremony after the Congress, which had emerged as the single largest party, had objected to the Governor's decision to invite the BJP to form the government.

March 14, 2017 / 06:15 PM IST
Goa CM Manohar Parrikar

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar

Bharatiya Janata Party's Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday took oath as Chief Minister of Goa for the fourth time ahead of a trust vote in the state Assembly on March 16 where he will have to prove his majority.

After resigning as Union Defence Minister, Parrikar had on Monday met Governor Mridula Sinha and claimed the the support of 21 MLAs in the 40-member House, including 13 of his own party, three of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, three of the Goa Forward Party and two Independent legislators.

The Governor subsequently invited Parrikar to form the government. However, the Congress had objected to this as it had emerged the single largest party with 17 MLAs but fell short of a majority.

The party moved the Supreme Court challenging Goa Governor Sinha's decision, with Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi accusing the BJP of "stealing the mandate".

On Tuesday, the top court refused to stay Parrikar's swearing-in ceremony and ordered a floor test on Thursday.

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Parrikar, 61, an engineer from IIT-Bombay, led the BJP to victory in 2012. He was made the Defence Minister at the Centre in 2014 and was succeeded by Laxmikant Parsekar as Goa Chief Minister.

However, Parsekar was defeated in Mandrem constituency this time and several of his ministers also failed to win.

Parrikar, who graduated to the BJP from the RSS ranks, had also served as Chief Minister of the state from 2000 to 2002 and from 2002 to 2005.

Right from the start of the campaign this time, Parrikar was widely seen as a chief ministerial candidate and extensively campaigned for the party in his home state.

 

(With inputs from PTI)

 

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