Goa cabinet to have 8 ministers

Manohar Parrikar will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Goa on Tuesday.

Manohar Parrikar will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Goa on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji

The recently concluded Goa elections threw up a hung assembly with Congress emerging as the single largest party in the 40-seat legislature.

The BJP, with 13 members managed to gain support from regional parties to reach the halfway mark, and its chief ministerial candidate Manohar Parrikar has been invited by Governor Mridula Sinha to form the government.

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Eight ministers

Apart from Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, eight others, including 2 BJP, 3 Goa Forward, 1 independent and 2 MGP MLAs will be sworn in as Ministers today, Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar has said.

Congress delegation to meet Governor

Goa Governor Dr. Mridula Sinha will meet Congress delegation at 1:30 pm today.

BJP is misusing money for power, says Rahul Gandhi outside Parliament on saffron party staking claim to form governments in Goa and Manipur.

Governor didn't invite us: Digvijaya

The Congress alleged that Goa Governor Mridula Sinha did not invite it to form government in the state despite the party giving her a letter on Sunday seeking appointment to stake the claim.

“We wanted to stake the claim on March 12 itself. We had given her the letter on that day itself but still she (Governor) did not give us an appointment,” AICC General Secretary Digvijaya Singh told reporters here, after chairing a meeting of the Goa Congress Legislature Party.

Congress walks out from Lok Sabha

Congress and its UPA allies today staged a walkout of the Lok Sabha to protest the alleged efforts to install BJP government in Goa and Manipur despite it having the numbers.

Members of Congress, NCP and RJD raised the issue during Question Hour. Congress leader in the House Mallikarjun Kharge claimed that democracy is being murdered.

When the Speaker said she would not allow the Question Hour to be disrupted and members should raise such matters in the Zero Hour, Kharge said if they are not allowed to raise the issue in the House, where else would they go.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said since the Congress leader has used “strong words”, they should either be expunged or the government be allowed to respond.

The Speaker said nothing beyond the questions and answers will be allowed to go on record.

The Congress, NCP and RJD members then staged a walkout.

Protest at Donapaula

Citizens under the banner of "betrayed voters" will be staging protest on the way to Raj Bhavan in Dona Paula during Manohar Parrikar’s swearing-in ceremony, reports Prakash Kamat from Panaji.

The call going viral on social media says the swearing-in was subversion of people's mandate.

Heavy police security to be deployed in Panaji and Donapula during Parrikar’s swearing in ceremony.

Congress blaming us for no reason: Gadkari

Union Minister for Surface Transport and Goa election in-charge of BJP, Nitin Gadkari, has said that the Congress could not form government and it is blaming BJP for no reason.

He was talking to presspersons at Dabolim airport in Goa on Tuesday morning after his arrival.

Congress approaches SC

In yet another development related to the tussle in the formation of a government in Goa, the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the Congress’s plea to stay the swearing-in of Manohar Parrikar as Chief Minister and requested the Governor to call for a floor test on March 16.

The court directed that a session be convened at 11 a.m. on Thursday and the only agenda of the day should be the floor test, which "shall be held as early as possible."

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