Will continue policies: Parsekar


Newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Goa, Laxmikant Parsekar on Saturday speaking of his government’s priorities that this was just a change of leadership following a technical necessity, and as such his focus would be on carrying on the policies, programmes and welfare schemes of the earlier government, of which he was also a Minister.

The party successfully overcame a minor rebellion with former Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza raising the issue of seniority and claiming support of more than 12 legislators. He had said that he would join the new government only as Chief Minister. However, Mr. Parsekar had the largest support from the MLAs and also the backing of Mr. Parrikar.

Earlier, after a prolonged consultation with all legislators, party observers announced Mr. Parsekar’s name ignoring dissent. “Parsekar was chosen unanimously by all BJP MLAs at the legislative party meeting and Francis D'Souza seconded the proposal. The decision was taken in complete unanimity,” party's national observer Rajiv Pratap Rudy announced at the BJP city headquarters.

Ex-Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Speaker Rajendra Arleker who lost the leadership battle, other dignitaries including BJP observers like B. S. Yeddyurappa, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Mr. V. Satish, In-charge of Goa Desk of BJP, Mr. Puruishottam Rupala, vice President, BJP were present among others, for the swearing in ceremony.

With 21 MLAs of its own in 40-Member House, the BJP in Goa heads a coalition government with three-member MGP, two-member Goa Vikas Party, both regional outfits and three of the five Independents as partners.

Earlier Mr. Parrikar tendered his resignation to the Governor after his name was announced for induction in the Union Cabinet by BJP Parliamentary Board.

After being sworn-in as Cabinet Minister on Sunday, he will file his Rajya Sabha nomination from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Assembly, on Monday morning. The election will be held on November 20.

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