Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has been appointed as the Chief Minister of Goa. He has been asked to prove his majority in the next 15 days. Parrikar submitted evidence of support of 21 MLAs before the Governor Mridula Sinha following which he was appointed as the CM of the state.
Parrikar will be sworn in as the CM of Goa on Tuesday at 5 pm, according to sources in the BJP. The BJP finished second with 13 seats in the Goa assembly elections 2017. The Congress won 17 seats. The BJP needs the support of 21 MLAs in the 40 member house.
The BJP claimed to have the support of 3 MLAs each from the Goa Forward Party and the MGP. It also has the support of two independent legislators and this takes the BJP's tally to 21.
On Sunday, union minister Nitin Gadkari announced that Parrikar is ready to become the chief minister. In a press conference on Sunday evening, Gadkari said Parrikar would quit his position as defence minister before taking oath as the chief minister.