Panaji: Amid bitter claims by both the BJP and the Congress on having the people’s mandate in Goa, Manohar Parrikar has been sworn-in as the coastal state’s Chief Minister for the fourth time on Tuesday evening. Seven other ministers have also been sworn-in by Governor Mridula Sinha.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court cleared the decks for Parrikar’s oath-taking by refusing to stay the ceremony, as demanded by the Congress, whose vice-president Rahul Gandhi has accused the BJP of “stealing the mandate” of Goa and bying MLAs.
Congress general secretary and Goa in-charge Digvijaya Singh also met the Governor along with his party’s 17 MLAs soon after the Supreme Court’s decision demanding her to invite the party to form the government. He called the Supreme Court’s order a “great victory for the Congress”.
Manohar Parrikar takes oath as Goa Chief Minister for the fourth time. Amit Shah, Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari present at the ceremony.
I think the Supreme Court has given the right order, BJP is fully confident of getting majority. Congress neither elected a leader nor made a claim in front of the Governor, says Arun Jaitley on Goa govt formation tussle.
Two more MLAs Churchill Alemao MLA from Benaulim and Prasad Gaonkar MLA from Sanguem gave support to Manohar Parrikar in Goa.