Parrikar takes oath as CM along with 9 designated ministers, to prove majority on march 16

Manohar Parrikar has taken oath as the Chief Minister of Goa. The ceremony took place at Raj Bhavan (Governor’s residence). Nine MLAs took oath as the ministers in the Parrikar led cabinet.

Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Independents (Ind)

Sudin Dhavalikar (MGP), Vijay Sardessai (GFP), Francis D’Souza (BJP), Manohar (Babu) Azgaonkar (MGP), Rohan Khaunte (Ind), Pandurang Madkaikar (BJP), Govind Gawade (Ind), Vinod Palyekar (GFP) and Jayesh Salgaonkar (GFP).

Narendra Modi congratulated Parrikar on twitter. He said, “Congratulations to Manohar Parrikar and his team on being sworn in. My best wishes in taking Goa to new heights of progress.”

“…We have MGP, Goa Forward and two and a half Independents. More than 55 percent Goans are thus represented. Thus, we have a post-election coalition. This is adequate proof for floor of the House. We will prove it. Let everyone be very clear – 365 x 5 years,” said CM Parrikar addressing the media after the oath taking ceremony, as reported by the Indian Express.

Portfolios not yet revealed for the ministers. CM Parrikar has been asked to undergo a floor test by the Supreme court on March 16 at 11 AM.

Amit Shah, BJP national President, and Union minister Nitin Gadkari were in attendance. Former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar was in present as well. Approximately 800 people are said to have attended the ceremony.

Protests outside the venue

Peaceful protest did take place outside the Raj Bhavan. A groups of citizens were seen holding placards and shouting slogans. Some of them even showed black flags to the arriving dignitaries. A large number of police personnel were seen handling the crowd and providing security.

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