Panaji, March 16: After winning the Supreme Court mandated floor test in the Goa Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said that the Bharatiya Janta Party proved its majority before the people of India. He said that he has the support of 23 MLAs and the Congress’s claim about majority support has been debunked by the legislators in the House.
He alleged that the Congress did not have the support of MLAs from the very beginning and it was only a hype created to divert attention as Goa Congress in-charge Digvijaya Singh has been asked to step down as the General Secretary of the party. However, he refuted the claims of keeping MLAs in any resort to get their support. He said, “Everyone voluntarily came and voted, none of them were kept in a hotel room or secluded common place as was the case of opposition.”
Commenting on the plethora of parties in the coalition to form the government, he said that the decisions will be taken by the coalition itself. He refrained from announcing the cabinet portfolios for ministers. Manohar Parrikar has taken the oath of Chief Minister of Goa for the third time.
Manohar Parikkar won the floor test in Goa Assembly with the support of Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party, Goa Forward Party along with independent MLAs including Vijay Sardesai. While Bharatiya Janta Party-led government succeeded in geeting the support of 22MLAs, 16 legislators cast their votes in opposition. The floor test also witnessed the abstention of one MLA in the assembly.
The cabinet of Manohar Parrikar includes two legislators each from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward party (GFP). The remaining four slots were given to two BJP MLAs, along with two independent legislators who extended support to BJP.
He also appeared angry with the previous Chief Minister of Goa Laxmikant Parsekar. He said that the fractured mandate reflects that the development was not delivered as expected by the people of Goa.
Despite proving majority in the assembly, the smooth functioning of the government will be a daunting task for Manohar Parrikar. Goa has witnessed several governments in the past where coalition-run governments resulted in by polls in the state.