PANAJI: Governor Mridula Sinha will administer the oath of office and secrecy to chief minister-designate Manohar Parrikar at a special ceremony at the Raj Bhavan on March 14 at 5.15 pm.
The ministers of the Parrikar cabinet will also be sworn in on the occasion, with legislators of Bharatiya Janata Party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward Party, as well as independent MLAs slated to be included in the same. The decision on the number of ministers of each party and other related issues are being currently worked out. The state cabinet can have a maximum of 12 ministers.
The Governor has directed Parrikar to prove his majority on the floor of the state legislative assembly within 15 days, after administration of the oath of office and secrecy.
National president of the Bharatiya Janata Party Amit Shah and Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari will attend the swearing-in ceremony.
Meanwhile, Parrikar tendered his resignation as the Defence Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office Monday morning. President Pranab Mukherjee has accepted the resignation of Parrikar from the Council of Ministers with immediate effect. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has since asked Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to take additional charge of the portfolio.
The BJP had staked its claim to form the new
government in the state with the support of three MLAs of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward each, and two independent legislators namely Rohan Khaunte and Govind Gaude.
In another development, independent legislator from Sanguem Prasad Gaonkar has extended his support to BJP for formation of government. The Governor is expected to convene the budget session of the state legislative assembly by March 17, after swearing in the new government, as the five-year tenure of the assembly ends on March 18. She will deliver her customary address before the House on the first day of the budget session. Parrikar is expected to seek Vote of Confidence as well as present the budget between March 20 and March 24.
A meeting of the newly elected 13 BJP MLAs and party’s state core committee was held at the city BJP headquarters Monday morning.
Parrikar addressing the joint meeting told the BJP legislators to keep in mind that the new government is going to be a coalition government, and therefore, they should be ready for sacrifices. “Please don’t ask ministries, and do not put pressure through workers for the same,” he stated.