Manohar Parrikar resigns as DM to be Goa’s next CM


The dust of Goa’s electoral result had not settled yet; another interesting turn of events led to a surprise development in Goan political scenario. In a matter of few hours it became clear that the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in Goa will form the government with the support from Goa Forward Party (GFP), Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) along with the support from independents MLAs Rohan Khaunte and Govind Gawade. Mr. Parrikar is set to be Goa’s next Chief Minister.

Early developments had reported that Manohar Parrikar had resigned as the Defence Minister of India.

At a press conference held at a prominent resort in Dona Paula, Nitin Gadkari declared that 8 non-congress MLAs had extended support to the BJP. Manohar Parrikar had visited the Raj Bhavan earlier and staked claim to form the government in Goa. “Once the invitation is received we will consult our colleagues and decided a date for swearing in,” said Manohar at the press conference. Tentatively the swearing in may take place on coming Tuesday.

“We have tried to give Goa a good government,” said Sudin Dhavlikar commenting on the development at the press conference. Vijay Sardessai said, “we are happy to be in this coalition and we want to assure the Goans that we will be watchdogs of Geonkarponn”.

BJP Calangute MLA Michael Lobo is said to have mended the fences with the GFP. Lobo had declared on the result day that the BJP will form the government in alliance with the GFP. ‘Letter of support’ from two independent MLAs, MGP and GFP have been received by the BJP.

Currently, the Congress party has elected Babu Kavlekar to be the Congress Legislative Party leader, he will be the leader of opposition in the assembly. Delay in electing a CLP leader is considered to be the reason for Congress losing out on a chance to form the government. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had criticised the Congress for the same reason.

Prabhakr Timble, President of GFP has resigned from his post.

Mridula Sinha, Governor of Goa has appointed Manohar Parrikar as the Chief Minister of Goa ‘under the clause (1) of article 164 of the Constitution of India’.

Image Credit: Governor’s letter (source: Herald)

The developments are still taking place. By tomorrow the picture will be more clear.