Assembly elections Goa 2017: Manohar Parrikar to become the Chief Minister
By MEHER ONISA : 13-Mar-2017
PANJIM: The Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha along with the other MLAs have unanimously chosen the Union minister Manohar Parrikar as the upcoming Chief Minister of the coastal state of Goa. The Congress won the highest of 17 seats which were still not enough to make the government as the target was tough 21. BJP who secured as less as 13 seats, was statistically falling short of extra eight and had depended heavily on the regional parties last Sunday.
Mr. Parrikar and his legislators had held a parallel meeting with the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to negotiate on the alliance. Later, he went ahead to visit the Governor Mridula Sinha to stake a claim at which the Governor had immediately proposed the CM's post. Mr. Parrikar now has a strong profile to prove his majority in the assembly and take the swearing in as Chief Minister within a fortnight.
Luckily, two of the three elected parties along with the Independents have promised to provide the cushion and backing to the BJP in the government formation. The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, MGP, a former ally of the BJP who won three seats had already committed to supporting the BJP along with Mr. Parrikar to head the government. The Goa Forward Party, GFP is yet another party to have won three seats and back Modi's BJP.