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With Parrikar Ensconced in Goa CM's Chair, Focus Shifts to Floor Test

Manohar Parrikar takes oath as Goa Chief Minister on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

Manohar Parrikar takes oath as Goa Chief Minister on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

The top court said it was "satisfied" that all the sensitive and contentious issues raised in the petition by Goa Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Chandrakant Kavlekar "can be resolved by a simple direction of holding a floor test".

New Delhi: Overcoming the Congress challenge and a petition in the Supreme Court, Manohar Parrikar was on Tuesday evening sworn in as the Chief Minister of Goa.

The BJP, even though it finished second in the elections with 13 seats, claimed the support of 21 MLAs and was thus given the first go at government formation.

Nine ministers were also sworn in during the ceremony, namely Sudin Dhavalikar and Manohar Azgaonkar of the Maharashtrawdi Gomantak Party, Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palienkar and Jayesh Salgaonkar of the Goa Forward, Francis D'Souza, Pandurang Madkaikar of the BJP and Independent legislators Govind Gawde and Rohan Khaunte.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court cleared the decks for oath taking of Manohar Parrikar as the Chief Minister of Goa.

The apex court at the same time directed conducting of the floor test on Thursday.

The top court said it was "satisfied" that all the sensitive and contentious issues raised in the petition by Goa Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Chandrakant Kavlekar "can be resolved by a simple direction of holding a floor test".

During the hearing, the bench found fault with Congress for not raising the issue of number of MLAs supporting it before the Governor and also rushing to the apex court without the affidavits of the elected members of the regional parties and independents that they are supporting the Congress which emerged as the single largest party post the elections.
first published:March 14, 2017, 19:04 IST