After receiving major support from the independent candidates Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has officially resigned from his post and is all set to return as the Chief Minister of Goa on March 14. The governor has invited the BJP to form government in Goa and have asked Manohar Parrikar to prove his majority with 15 days of taking oath as the Chief Minister of the state.

A day after Goa threw a hung assembly, Parrikar met the Goa governor along with other BJP MLAs staking claim to form a government in the state. Goa Forward party who won 3 seats in the assembly elections asserted that they would support BJP if Manohar Parrikar returns as CM.

Manohar Parrikar had also addressed a press conference and announced that he had met the governor and said, “This is a mandate given by the people, though we fell short of majority.Together we have completed the magic figure of 21.”

In an unanticipated turn of events, Congress turned out to be a single largest party in Goa as opposed to what the exit polls suggested. The state has witnessed a hung assembly. Congress secured 17 seats and BJP finished second with 13 seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party had fielded candidates in 36, AAP in 39, Congress 37, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party 25 and the NCP in 37 seats. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar who was the front-runner for BJP’s Goa CM candidate had asserted that BJP was still in a position to form a government in the state.

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