Manohar Parrikar sworn in as Goa chief minister

File photo of Manohar Parrikar. Photograph:( AFP )

Panaji, Goa, India Mar 14, 2017, 12.02 PM (IST)

Manohar Parrikar, who resigned as India's defence minister to become the next chief minister of Goa, was sworn-in as the next head of India's tiny western state on Tuesday.

But Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, has come under severe criticism from the Congress who have accused them of "murdering" democracy.

India's top court on Tuesday allowed Parrikar to be sworn in as the chief minister but asked him to undergo a floor test on Thursday to prove the numbers.

The political churn started soon after the recently-held Goa elections when Congress won 17 Assembly seats as against BJP's 13. But the BJP outsmarted the Congress by forging post-poll alliances with regional parties and thereby staking their claim on government formation.

The Congress subsequently turned to India's Supreme Court to intervene in the matter, arguing they have the first right to prove the majority as they were the single-largest party.

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