Panaji, March 14: After Manohar Parrikar resigned as a Defense Minister on Monday, he is going to take an oath as Chief Minister of Goa today in the evening. Bharatiya Janta Party leader Manohar Parrikar is going to be sworn in as Chief Minister of Goa today at 5 p.m at Raj Bhavan after his oath taking ceremony.Manohar Parrikar said that "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. The decision on the number of ministers and other issues are being currently worked out. Once the cabinet is finalised, we will inform the media."
Governor Mridula Sinha had asked Manohar Parrikar to prove his majority in the assembly which was cleared successfully with a support of 21 MLAs on Sunday evening itself. Hence Governor invited him to form a government. On Monday BJP general secretary Sadanand Tanavade said the third independent Prasad Gaonkar from Sanguem constituency of south Goa had given a letter of support to Mr Parrikar, addressed to the Goa Governor.
“The details are still being worked out. We will retain Finance and Home portfolios. Preliminary talks about portfolio allocation with our partners were conducted by Nitin Gadkariji. The finer details are being worked out by Mr Parrikar himself in consultation with other party leaders,” a senior party leader said. The BJP has won 13 seats in the 40-member assembly and on this Congress challenged the Governor’s decision to appoint Mr Parrikar as the chief minister but at last on Sunday managed to receive support from 21 legislators.