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Manohar Parrikar to be sworn in Goa CM today

Manohar Parikar Goa CMBharatiya Janata Party leader Manohar Parrikar, who on Monday morning left the Defence Minister post, will be sworn in as Chief Minister of Goa state at Raj Bhavan at 5.15 p.m. on Tuesday.

Mr. Parrikar, along with Cabinet members, will be sworn in by Governor Mridula Sinha, said sources in the Goa government here.

According to a Raj Bhavan report issued here late on Sunday evening, Mr. Parrikar had been asked to prove his majority by a meeting of the Assembly within 15 days of taking an oath.

BJP sources Chere that a majority of the Cabinet berths are expected to be offered to the alliance members.

Details being worked out:

“The details are still being worked out. We will retain Finance and Home portfolios. Preliminary talks about portfolio allocation with our members were conducted by Nitin Gadkariji. The finer details are being worked out by Mr. Parrikar himself in meeting with other party leaders,” a senior party leader said on Monday.

After getting 13 seats in the February 4 election, in a fast-paced political development on Sunday, the BJP cobbled together a coalition of 21 legislators in the 40-member House. This includes three MLAs each from local parties, namely, the MGP and Goa Forward Party and two Independents.

On Monday BJP general secretary Sadanand Tanavade said the third independent Prasad Gaonkar from Sanguem constituency of south Goa had given a letter regarding support to Mr. Parrikar, addressed to the Goa Governor. This leads the BJP’s strength to 22. The BJP leaders here on Sunday had said the lone NCP MLA Churchill Alemao would also join the group in due course.

The Congress which has won 17 seats thereby becoming the single largest party, has described the decision of the Governor as a “murder of legislative democracy.”

The Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) has also attacked the Governor of destroying the spirit of the Constitution by allowing the BJP to ‘grab power.’

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