Panaji, March 14: Just before the assembly elections, when Manohar Parrikar was constantly shuttling between Delhi and Goa, the former defence minister told reporters that how much he missed fish curry (the famous Goan cuisine) because of his stint in Delhi. The BJP leader has always maintained he prefer 'fish curry' to 'butter chicken' to express his deep love and connection to the coastal state.
Now, as Parrikar is all set to be sworn-in as the new chief minister of Goa for the fourth time on Tuesday, his supporters are happy to have their super-CM back. Parrikar, who was a popular CM during his previous three stints as the head of Goa, was addressed by the people of the tiny state as the super-CM. Speaking to NDTV, a group of Parrikar supporters told that they would welcome their new CM with fish curry.
On Monday, Manohar Parrikar resigned as the country's defence minister to head the BJP government in the coastal state. Parrikar is set to take oath as the CM of Goa on Tuesday after the Supreme Court refused to stay the swearing-in of former defence minister as the Goa CM. The apex court also ordered a floor test in the state assembly on March 16 at 11 am.
Parrikar's swearing-in ceremony will go as per schedule on Tuesday, stated the SC. Goa Governor Mridula Sinha invited Parrikar to form the next government after he submitted a letter of support from 21 legislators on Sunday. The BJP, which came second by winning 13 seats in the 40-member state assembly managed to garner support from other parties and Independents to attain majority and derail the Congress, which had emerged as the largest party with 17 seats.
Three MLAs from the GFP, three from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and two Independents have pledged their support to Parrikar. The lone Nationalist Congress Party MLA was also claimed to have extended support.
In a dramatic development on Monday, the Congress has moved the apex court against Goa governor's decision to invite Parrikar to form government in the state, despite the BJP emerging as the second largest party. The Congress claimed that the Governor should have invited them to form government, as they are the single largest party with 17 seats.
However, on Tuesday the SC refused the Congress' petition, clearing the way for the swearing-in ceremony of Parrikar as the new Goa CM.