BJP stakes claim to form govt in Goa
12 Mar 2017 - 21:15
Panaji: In a swift move, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, led by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, met Goa Governor Mridula Sinha yesterday and staked claim to forming a new government in the coastal state.
Even as Parrikar knocked on the gates of Raj Bhavan, newly-elected Congress MLAs as well as senior central leaders, including General Secretary Digvijaya Singh, were holed up in a city hotel, deliberating for hours over finalisation of the party's legislative party leader.
The BJP contingent of 13 MLAs was led by Parrikar and was accompanied by three legislators each of the Goa Forward party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and two Independent legislators, which takes the tally of BJP-aligned legislators to 21.
The BJP has also claimed the support of Nationalist Congress Party MLA from Benaulim Churchill Alemao, stating that his letter of support would be also be sent to the Governor soon. The move came after newly-elected BJP legislators passed a resolution demanding that Parrikar return as CM. Parrikar, Gadkari and caretaker Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar were also present.
Talking to reporters after the meeting with the Governor, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, who was in-charge of negotiating with non-Congress MLAs for alliance formation, said the BJP would form a stable government in Goa.
"We will form a stable government under Manohar Parrikar. Our party President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have congratulated supporting parties," Gadkari said. The Union minister also said that the discussions with the other MLAs were on since 1am yesterday morning.