Parrikar wins trust vote in Goa, allies stand by BJP

SansadTV Bureau

Manohar Parrikar

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has won the trust vote. In the vote of confidence held today on the floor of Goa legislative assembly, allies of the BJP — MGP, Goa Forward and Independents — stood by the BJP. Earlier there were reports of Congress trying to reach out to the regional parties and independent to cobble up the numbers.

“We always had numbers ad it is proven after this trust vote. Congress never had numbers,” he said addressing presser soon after the trust vote.

“Our government will see its full term, the portfolios of the newly inducted ministers will be allocated… I will address the budget on 24 March,” Parrikar added.

In the trust vote, the BJP easily sailed through winning 22 votes in a 40-member house. While only 16 votes were casted from the Congress side, with its leader Vishwajeet Rane walking out.

Rane had earlier made his dissapointment known as Congress missed out to form the government even after scoring more than the BJP. A section of Congress MLAs in Goa will be meeting the party vice-president Rahul Gandhi to apprise him about the “mismanagement” by senior leaders which they blame for the botched bid to capture power.

In the results declared on Saturday, Congress had won 17 seats while BJP came second scoring just 13. However, the latter was lighting fast in cobbling alliance with MGP and Goa Forward Party, who had 3 MLAs each and getting Independents.

On Tuesday, former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar took oath along with nine MLAs including two members of the BJP, three of the Goa Forward Party, two of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and two Independents.

Congress party had earlier on Tuesday moved Supreme Court demanding stay on his swearing-in but the top court rejected their argument, directing for the floor test to be conducted within two days instead.

Parrikar had initially got 15 days to prove numbers after he was appointed Chief Minister by the Governor late on Sunday.