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Parrikar wins Goa trust vote with support of 23 MLAs

To a question on Sardesai's comments on domestic tourists, the chief minister said, "Sometimes, a politician has to be careful while making a statement. Photograph: (AFP)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 16, 2017, 03.19 AM (IST)

The BJP-led government in Goa headed by chief minister Manohar Parrikar won its crucial floor test today at a special Assembly session.

Twenty-three MLAs supported Parrikar, two more than the halfway mark in the 40-member Goa Assembly.

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Parrikar had stepped down as the union defence minister to be sworn in as chief minister of the state for a fourth time Tuesday evening, along with nine other ministers.

Parrikar's swearing-in ceremony was attended by BJP chief Amit Shah and union minister Nitin Gadkari.

It was actually the Congress that had won the most seats -- 17 -- in the Goa elections; the BJP had won only 13 but it was quicker to tie up with smaller parties and independents.

The Congress turned to the Supreme Court, asking that Parrikar's swearing-in be stayed. But the Supreme Court refused, saying instead that a floor test be held Tuesday. It added that no other business save for the floor test was to be conducted Thursday. 

The BJP had claimed the support of three MLAs each of the Goa Forward Party and the Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party, and that of three independents.

All of them voted in favour of Parrikar today. 

(WION with inputs from ANI)


 

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