BJP leader Manohar Parrikar was finally sworn-in as the new Goa chief minister after the Supreme Court dismissed the rival Congress party’s plea to stay the swearing-in.
PANAJI: For Manohar Parrikar, the BJP’s poster boy in Goa, it’s a homecoming and another stint as chief minister of the coastal state. Despite failing to secure a simple majority in the assembly polls, the BJP managed to successfully stitch an alliance with two regional parties besides gaining the support of two Independents.
Right from the start of campaigning in the state, the BJP had sent across a subtle message that if it wins, the government would be headed by Mr Parrikar.
Enjoying a man-next-door image in the state, even while holding a major portfolio like Defence at the Centre, 61-year-old Parrikar led the BJP’s campaign from the front, though the party failed to hit the half-way mark of 21 in the 40-member house.
A metallurgical engineer from IIT Bombay, Mr Parrikar, in post-poll days, displayed immense political skill in outsmarting the single largest party Congress in number games by forging a coalition winning over the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP).
The party leaders also vouched that the BJP’s manifesto and campaign strategy was scripted under Parrikar’s guidance, restricting Laxmikant Parsekar, who succeeded him as chief minister, to his constituency of Mandrem, which he failed to defend.