Senior BJP leader, Mr Manohar Parrikar along with the MGP leader, Mr Ramakrishna Dhavalikar submitting letters of support to the Governor, Mr K Sankaranarayanan at the Raj Bhavan on Wednesday. Also present were BJP’s national leader, Mr Venkaiah Naidu and North Goa MP and BJP leader, Mr Shripad Naik.
PANAJI: The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Mr Manohar Parrikar will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Goa by the Governor, Mr K Sankaranarayanan on March 9 at 5 pm, during a special ceremony to be held at the Sports Authority of Goa Grounds in the city.
The newly elected BJP legislators, MLAs of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and two independents Wednesday evening met the Governor at the Raj Bhavan and staked a claim to form the next government. The MGP and the independents also presented to the Governor, the letters of support to the BJP. The pre-poll alliance group was also accompanied by the senior national leaders of the BJP, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad and Mr Venkaiah Naidu, besides the state in-charge for the BJP, Ms Arti Mehra.
Earlier in the day, the BJP legislators at a special meeting elected Mr Parrikar as the leader of the BJP’s legislature wing in the presence of Mr Prasad, Mr Naidu, Ms Mehra and Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy. The 26-member pre-poll alliance group also elected Mr Parrikar as the alliance leader.
The incoming Chief Minister, speaking to the media at the Raj Bhavan premises said that the decision to hold the swearing-in ceremony at a public place was taken as large number of supporters and well-wishers of the BJP wanted to remain present on the occasion. “We will decide about the size of the cabinet and its members on March 8, and submit the details to the Governor,” he said without revealing any related details.
Speaking further, Mr Parrikar said that he would not like to make any comments on the immediate decisions of the new government as he is yet to be sworn in and any such comment would now make him an extra-constitutional authority. “However, I can only say that clear direction of the government as regards five major administrative aspects would be made public immediately after the swearing-in ceremony,” he observed.
Mr Parrikar also said that he has requested the Governor to follow up the Goa Lokayukta Bill, which has been forwarded to the President of India for her assent on January 23, 2012. “I requested the Governor that the BJP in its manifesto had promised the people about setting up Lokayukta in Goa within 100 days,” he mentioned, “and hence there was urgency in following up the Bill so that it can be notified at the earliest.”
Replying to a question, Mr Parrikar said that the BJP has received a message from the Goa Vikas Party as regards its intention to extend support to the new government. “We have not given a thought to it yet,” he concluded.