Panaji, March 12: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar held a press conference in Goa after Parrikar met Governor of Goa with BJP, MGP, Goa Forward Party and three Independent MLAs.
Gadkari said that, "MGP,GFP said during our discussions that if Manohar Parrikar becomes Goa CM candidate, then we will support." He added that Manohar Parrikar will have to give resignation as Defence Minister before becoming Goa CM, but he has not given it yet.
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BJP MLAs had been asking for Manohar Parrikar to be made the chief minister of Goa again. Gadkari said BJP Parliamentary Board approves Manohar Parrikar's name and he thanked MGP for its support.
Vijay Sardesai,Goa Forward Party had told media that, "We have decided to support BJP to form the Govt under leadership of Manohar Parrikar."
He added that, "We will evolve a Common Minimum programme within 1 month of formation of Government. We do not see anybody else in legislature party of BJP capable of leading Goa. Want maximum development."
Manohar Parrikar at the press conference said that, "This is a mandate given by the people, though we fell short of majority. Together we have completed the magic figure of 21." He added, "We met the Governor and now we are expecting an invitation. Once we receive it, we will consult our colleagues and decide the date for swearing in."
When asked about his experience as defence minister Parrikar said that, "Definitely it was difficult as it was a new department (Defence Ministry) but I am happy no corruption allegation levelled on our government."
Gadkari without naming Congress said that those who could not get support of other parties to prove majority are bound to level false allegations to hide their failure.