Parrikar takes oath as Goa CM
Manohar Parrikar, who quit as Defence Minister, was sworn in as chief minister of Goa to head a coalition government of local allies and Independents, after the BJP ended up second behind the Congress in a fractured mandate.
The Congress suffered a setback in the Supreme Court which refused to stay 61-year-old Parrikar’s swearing-in ceremony as sought by the party.
- According to the directions of the apex court, Parrikar, who claimed to have support of 21 MLAs including 13 of the BJP, will have to prove majority on the floor of the assembly on March 16.
- Parrikar returned to Goa as the chief minister for the fourth time, though he could not complete full terms in his earlier stints.
- BJP president Amit Shah along with Union ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari were present at the ceremony.