Manohar Parrikar, architect of the Bharatiya Janata Party's win in the Goa Assembly elections, will be sworn in as Chief Minister for the third time on Friday at a public ceremony on Camapal grounds on the outskirts of Panaji.

Sources in the party said the Governor would administer the oath of secrecy and office to Mr. Parrikar. The full Cabinet of 12 members, comprising the Chief Minister, would be sworn in.

As the BJP has come to power on its own with a simple majority of 21 in the 40-member House and with a massive strength of 26 in alliance with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (3) and two Independents, national leaders of the party such as veteran L. K. Advani, president Nitin Gadkari and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled States like Gujarat, Karnataka and those of its alliance governments like Nitish Kumar from Bihar will be present.

Unanimous

A meeting of the BJP legislative wing on Wednesday unanimously elected Mr. Parrikar as leader. The decision was endorsed by the MGP.

Senior BJP leaders Venkaiah Naidu and Ravi Shankar Prasad arrived on Wednesday to oversee the process of government formation.

The BJP-MGP combine on Wednesday called on Governor K. Sankaranarayanan and staked its claim to form a government.