Panji: Manohar Parrikar takes charge as the new chief minister of Goa. Speaking to reporters today, Parrikar said the Congress defeat and the fact that many ministers lost, indicates there was something wrong in governance in the last 2.5 years. “Let me identify that aspect, ” the CM said.
Parrikar, who quit as defence minister, was on Tuesday sworn in as chief minister to head a coalition government of local allies and Independents, three days after the Bharatiya Janata Party ended up second behind the Congress in a fractured mandate.
The decks for his swearing-in were cleared after a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar refused to grant the stay on the Congress’ plea and ordered a floor test.
Parrikar returned to Goa as the chief minister for the fourth time, though he could not complete full terms in his earlier stints.
He had formally staked claim to form the coalition government on Sunday, following which he got an invite from Governor Mridula Sinha to prove majority in House.
At a function held at the Raj Bhavan, the governor administered the oath of office and secrecy to Parrikar along with nine MLAs including two members of the BJP, three of the Goa Forward Party, two of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and as many Independents.
They will be allotted ministerial portfolios after the floor test.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his best wishes to Parrikar on becoming the chief minister of Goa and hoped that he will take the state to new heights of progress.
Addressing reporters later, Parrikar exuded confidence that his government will last its full term.