Panaji, March 12: Union Minister Manohar Parrikar will submit his resignation as Defence Minister as he is all set to take oath as the next Chief Minister of Goa, announces Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. Manohar Parrikar who was given a portfolio at the Centre since last 2 and a half years will now be coming back to lead the BJP government in the tourist state. The Bharatiya Janata Party had won 13 seats and under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Manohar Parrikar will go back to his hometown. Manohar Parrikar who stake a claim to form a government today met the state Governor with 22 MLAs- 13 BJP MLAs and 9 Independent MLAs. Some reports claim that the BJP’s top leadership had given Manohar Parrikar a go-ahead to hold the CM’s post after handling a sensitive portfolio. Also Read – Full list of winners in GoaAlso Read - Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor: You Will Soon Reach Delhi From Dehradun in Just 2.5 Hours | All You Need to Know

“This is a mandate given by the people, though we fell short of a majority. Together we have completed the magic figure of 21. We met the Governor, expecting an invitation. Once we receive it, we will consult our colleagues and decide the date for swearing in,” Manohar Parrikar said while addressing the conference. Also Read - BSF Celebrates 57th Raising Day, To Exchange Sweets With Pakistan On Attari-Wagah Border

“Manohar Parrikar will have to give resignation as Defence Minister before becoming Goa CM, but he has not given it yet,” Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said while addressing the media. Also Read - 'No Data' on Farmers' Deaths, So No Question of Financial Aid: Government

With this latest development, the BJP is all set to form the government in four out five states, – Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand. On the other side, the Congress Party which had won 17 seats in Goa failed to approach the state Governor to claim Chief Ministerial post. On Saturday the verdict for Goa Assembly Elections resulted in a hung assembly.

Manohar Parrikar also known as a fine defence minister on Sunday evening along with 12 BJP MLAs, 3 MGP MLAs, 3 Goa Forward Party MLAs and with 3 other independent legislators met Goa Governor and staked claim to form a government there.

In Goa, the BJP which had won 21 seats in 2012 assembly elections, the party was reduced to 13 seats in the 40 member house. The Aam Aadmi Party also failed to open its account in the state under the leadership of Elvis Gomes, a former bureaucrat.

In Goa the rest of 10 seats have been won by the regional political parties with Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) winning 3 seats, Goa FRont (GF) winning on 3 seats, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) winning on one seat and on three seats independent candidate emerged as a winner.

In 2017, after winning the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party high command took a decision of transferring Manohar Parrikar to Delhi and gave him the helm of defence. Earlier before handling the portfolio of the defence ministry, Manohar Parrikar was the Chief Minister of Goa. Political experts believe that BJP’s poor performance in Goa was because of CM Laxmikant Parsekar as he did not handle the CM post properly.