Parrikar likely to resign as India's defence minister

Parrikar likely to resign as India's defence minister

Parrikar likely to resign as India's defence minister

"Manohar Parrikar will have to give resignation as defence minister before becoming Goa chief minister, but he has not given it yet", roads minister Nitin Gadkari told ANI news agency.

Singh said the Congress party is in touch with "the non-BJP MLAs to form the government".

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha administered the oath of office to Parrikar at the Raj Bhavan here.

Prospects of a stable government, development of Goa and ideals of Goenkarpon (interest of Goa) made the allies team up with the BJP.

In Goa, the Congress was outsmarted by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which won only 13 seats but managed to cobble a majority by garnering the support of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Forward Party (GFP) with three lawmakers each and two of the three elected Independent MLAs.

If the Congress with 17 MLAs emerged as the single largest party after the elections and yet lost its chance to form the government in Goa, who can it blame? She didn't even meet the single largest party elected by people of Goa before calling Parrikar to take oath.

CJI said that the Supreme Court decided Arunachal Pradesh judgement, the top court had held that in few conditions Governor can take decisions and Goa was among them.

"We are holding a Congress Legislative Party meeting in the morning and then will be meeting the Governor at 10.00 am to stake claim to form the next government".

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The allocation of portfolios would be done after the floor test on Thursday, Parrikar said.

"The Congress Party complains a bit too much". The BJP's claim should have been considered only if the Congress pleaded inability or failed the floor test. "They felt that I could lead a coalition government well".

"You can not have an order behind his back", the judges said, adding that the Congress party had not based its pleadings with hard evidence on the number of legislators supporting it.

The Number Game: The ruling Congress finished as the single-largest party, but three short of a majority while the BJP with 21 seats was 9 short of a majority in a hung Manipur Assembly.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said since the Congress leader has used "strong words", they should either be expunged or the government be allowed to respond.

The BJP leader said that coming back to Goa was a matter of compulsion for him.

"The BJP has been involved in horse-trading, promising sums, ministries, corporations and SUVs to the non-BJP MLAs to get their support", Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh alleged.

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