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  • 7:10 PM IST

    Thanking you for tuning into our live coverage of Manohar Parrikar’s swearing-in as Goa CM. Read full article here.

  • 6:04 PM IST

    “We know the mandate is fractured, but we now have 22 MLAs on our side. This is post-poll alliance and there is no illegality about the same. MGP, GFP and others have come together to support BJP for the betterment of Goa. We have only one agenda: developing Goa and improving the lives of Goans,” Parrikar added.

  • 6:03 PM IST

    Hitting out at Congress, Manohar Parrikar said, “No MLA in Goa wanted to support Congress. The party is deeply rooted in corruption. For the benefit and development of Goa, everyone have decided to support the BJP.”

  • 6:02 PM IST

  • 5:36 PM IST

    No female member has been given position in the cabinet, as per the NDTV sources. The portfolios of the sworn-in ministers would be officially confirmed on Thursday. Manohar Parrikar is expected to hold on to four departments, apart from being the chief minister.

  • 5:31 PM IST

    According to sources close to NDTV, Vijay Sardesai would be given the Urban Planning Ministry. Sudhir Dhavalikar would be given the PWD department. Sources claim that BJP would appoint no deputy chief minister.

  • 5:29 PM IST

    Vijay Sardesai, chief of Goa Forward Party, takes oath as cabinet minister. He faced protests from members within his own party for extending support to BJP. Throughout his campaign, Sardesai had campaign against BJP and Parrikar, and made secularism as a key poll plank of GFP.

  • 5:26 PM IST

    Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar took oath as the Goa Chief Minister on Tuesday evening. He was sworn-in by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha. Following Parrikar, eight other minister were sworn in. Two of them were from the BJP, two independents and two each from MGP and GFP.

  • 5:17 PM IST

    Senior BJP leaders including Amit Shah, M Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari are present for the swearing-in ceremony.

  • 4:58 PM IST

    Manohar Parrikar is expected to take oath as the Goa chief minister shortly. Along with him, other ministers of his government would also take oath. The swearing-in ceremony was cleared earlier in the day by Supreme Court, where Congress had filed an urgent petition, raising question against the appointment of Parrikar as Goa CM. The party claimed that they should be given the first chance to form government, since it has won 17 seats in the assembly.

New Delhi, March 14: The Supreme Court is set to hear a petition filed by the Congress against Goa Governor’s move to invite the Bharatiya Janata Party to form the government. The Congress has accused Goa Governor Mridula Sinha of flouting the norms by giving the BJP the first chance to stake claim over the government in Goa. The Congress has questioned the Governor’s decision of allowing BJP to stake claim to form the government despite the Congress emerging as the single largest party in the state.

This even as former defence minister Manohar Parrikar is headed to Goa to take the Chief Minister’s post. Parrikar will take oath as the Goa Chief Minister on Tuesday at 5 pm and has been asked by the Goa Governor to prove majority within 15 days. Parrikar resigned as the Defence Minister on Monday and headed to Goa to take over the responsibility.

Parrikar has said that he has the support of independent parties of Goa and will be forming the government in the state today. “I have tendered my resignation as Defence Minister and sent it to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO),” said Parrikar as quoted by news agency PTI. He further added, “I will be taking the oath tomorrow evening along with the cabinet ministers.”

Goa Congress in-charge Digvijaya Singh has contested this and said, “Congress had the first right as well as the popular mandate to form government. BJP has hijacked the mandate of people.” Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram also said “A party that comes second has no right to form the government. BJP stealing elections in Goa and Manipur.”

The Congress has also claimed that the current political scenario in Goa depicts the ‘murder of democracy’. Speaking to ANI here on Monday, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that it was the constitutional obligation of the Governor to first discuss the possibility of forming a government with the leading party. “The Governor should first invite the Congress to come forward and provide them an opportunity to consider an alliance with the other contesting parties. However, the Governor has provided an opportunity to parties with fewer votes to form the government. This is a pressure-building tactic by the government at the centre,” he said.

Atter the March 11 counting of votes for the Goa Assembly, the Congress emerged as the single largest party in the state with 17 seats, the BJP has 13 seats while Others have 10.