BJP in Goa on Sunday reportedly passed a resolution to make the Union Defence MInister Manohar Parrikar the CM face in the state after getting support of two regional parties.
According reports, the formal announcement in this regard may be made later in the day. BJP is also likely to stake claim to form government as Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward Party, each having three seats extended support to BJP.
The people want Parrikar to come back to Goa. Now it will depend on the Goa Forward Party and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party. If they support us, we will form the government in the stateMichael Lobo, BJP MLA
Lobo said if the GFP and MGP pledge support, the BJP can submit a letter to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha staking claim to form the state government. The BJP secured 13 seats in the state Assembly polls. The Congress emerged as the single largest party, bagging 17 seats in the 40-member House.
The BJP has the support of Independent MLA Govind Gawade, who was backed by the party during the election from Priol constituency. Lobo also said two other Independents may also support the BJP.
Goa had witnessed tremendous development in last five years and a Chief Minister like Manohar Parrikar is required to take it aheadMichael Lobo, BJP MLA
Another BJP legislator Pramod Sawant, who got re-elected from Sankhalim constituency on party ticket for the second time, said the state government under Parrikar's leadership can deliver better.
People have seen the kind of development that the state witnessed under his guidance. We do not want the state to suffer for next five yearsPramod Sawant, BJP MLA
BJP MLA Nilesh Cabral, who won Curchorem, said that since the people of Goa have given a fractured mandate, all parties other than Congress can come together under Parrikar's leadership.
“There is no clear mandate for any party to form the government. In such a situation, all the parties other than Congress can come together under the leadership of Parrikar for the welfare of the state,” Cabral said.
Meanwhile, congress spokesperson Digvijaya Singh: “We are in touch with non-BJP MLAs, we are confident we have numbers on our side (in Goa)...Is this a party of morals? They have been defeated and doing horse-trading, promising ministries like distributing sweets... Go ahead if you (BJP) have support of more than 21, we are ready to sit in the Opposition but it is a coup against people’s mandate.”