Goa Is On!

Goa is definitely on as far as the Bhartiya Janta Party is concerned. The Bharatiya Janata Party will stake claim to form the Goa Government. The Maharashtra Gomantak Party (MGP), one of the kingmakers in Goa after election results were announced, said that it will extend support to the BJP only if Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is brought back to the state as Chief Minister.

Goa election results declared Saturday resulted in a hung assembly with BJP winning 13 seats and the Congress 17 in the 40-member assembly.

Final seat tally: Congress+ – 17, BJP – 13, Others – 7


Party Won Leading Total
Bharatiya Janata Party 13 0 13
Indian National Congress 17 0 17
Nationalist Congress Party 1 0 1
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak 3 0 3
Goa Forward Party 3 0 3
Independent 3 0 3
Total 40 0 40

2017 vs 2012

One more than half would have done it for anyone of them. But such is the condition now that no single party would be able to form the Government single handily. Though the present scenario suggests that the BJP has an upper hand in it. The regional parties in the lights of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak and some other independent parties have already declared their support to them.

The BJP’s efforts to cobble up a majority to form the government in Goa got a boost as the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) said it would extend support to the saffron party if Parrikar is appointed as the chief minister.

Tendulkar said the letters of support are expected from other parties, including the Goa Forward Party (GFP). “The MGP has already announced its support to us. We will get letter of support from GFP,” he claimed. He further claimed that the government would be formed in alliance with the MGP, the GFP and the independents.



Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is all set to make a comeback in the state.  Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar met the Goa Governor on Sunday, sending strong signals that the BJP may form the government in Goa with support from Independents and non-Congress parties.

Addressing a press conference in the evening, Gadkari said the BJP’s parliamentary board, which includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, had “no objection” to Parrikar returning to the coastal state as the CM. Gadkari said Parrikar, a former Goa CM, too was willing to return to form the government.

In a short statement, Parrikar thanked the party’s MLAs and the central leadership for backing him.

BJP sources said Shah had requested Gadkari to travel to Goa to hold talks on government formation. Sources said Gadkari reached at midnight and held talks with Independent MLAs till 3am on Sunday. He spoke to Modi and Shah in the morning and they gave a go-ahead for Parrikar to return to Goa.

Recent sources reveal that Parrikar has resigned from his post of Union Defense Minister and is all set to take oath as the new Chief Minister of Goa tomorrow.

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