Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar resigned from his post after the BJP legislature party voted to bring him back as Chief Minister of Goa.
Newly elected Goa Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs Sunday unanimously backed defence minister Manohar Parrikar as the state legislature party leader, while the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Goa Forward Party(GFP) too said it will support a government led by Parrikar as the 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.
The BJP also aggressively played its minority card with its seven Catholic MLAs seeking the support of the secular Goa Forward on the grounds that the BJP has more MLAs from the minority community for the first time.
BJP has bagged the support of the Goa Forward and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party which won three seats in the 40-member state assembly. The BJP which has 13 members has managed to obtain the support of two Independent MLAs giving it a wafer-thin majority.
After the Goa election results threw up a hung assembly, state BJP MLAs passed a resolution Sunday urging Amit Shah to nominate Manohar Parrikar as their leader.