Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar took oath as the 13th chief minister of Goa on Tuesday. The Supreme Court earlier refused to stay Parrikar's swearing in after the Congress had objected to the Governor Mridula Sinha's decision to invite BJP to form the government in the coastal state.
The Congress had approached the apex court on Monday evening challenging the Goa governor's decision to invite the BJP despite the Congress having won more seats in the assembly elections.
A special bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar dismissed the Congress' petition and directed Governor Mridula Sinha to hold floor test at 11 am on March 16.
On Sunday, the BJP said it has the support of three members each of the GFP and MGP, besides two Independents to reach the magic number of 21 MLAs needed to prove majority in the 40-member House.
Parrikar, who has been credited with consolidating BJP's position in Goa, took oath as the CM of Goa for the third time.
Born in Mapusa, Goa Parrikar completed his graduation in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1978. He has been a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh from a very young age and he is the first IITan to be a CM of an Indian state.
While serving as Goa CM he was handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the defence minister when Modi cabinet was reshuffled for the first time in November 2014. He was picked because of his administrative and organisational skills.