Panaji, March 12: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is all set to be the next Chief Minister of Goa. He is likely to stake a claim to form the next government in Goa. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that Parrikar will be the next CM of Goa.
Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha has asksed Parrikar to prove majority within 15 days of administration of oath of office and secrecy.
The Goa Forward Party is a crucial player in this race and according to its leader Prashant Naik, all options are open. Both the BJP and the Congress are wooing the GFP. The BJP's Calungate MLA, Michael Lobo said that he has already met with the GFP's Vijay Sardesai and if the need be, the BJP would seek his support.
The three independent candidates Rohan Khaunte backed by Congress, Govind Gawde backed by BJP and Prasad Gaonkar will also play a crucial role in the formation of the next Goa government. It would be interesting to see which way the MGP would go. If the MGP backs the BJP along with Khaunte and Gaonkar then the BJP is through.
However if the MGP and the GFP backs the Congress then it will be a Congress government in Goa. However for the Congress it would be a tough call as sources indicate that the MGP would seek its CM candidate if it extends support to the party.