Goa CM Manohar Parrikar's exclusive interview with India Today

Arvind Kejriwal

In the last polls, the BJP had won 21 seats and the Congress nine.

The Congress' state unit President Luizinho Faleiro, former Chief Ministers Digambar Kamat and Pratapsingh Rane, were potential candidates for the post, but each camp and their proxies rejected each other, wasting precious time. The election loss was a setback to the BJP which was in power.

N. Biren Singh after he was elected the leader of the BJP's legislative party.

Breaking his silence on the party's worst-ever performance in the Hind heartland, Rahul alleged that BJP had won largely due to polarisation.

Shyam Kumar, the Congress MLA from Andro constituency, will resign and contest on a BJP ticket which means he will be disqualified, bringing down the total number of Manipur Assembly to 59.

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Parrying criticism that he did not have the majority support, Parrikar said with alliance partners his government's vote share had touched 50.5%.

Apart from Shyam Kumar, AITMC MLA Rabindro on Sunday also joined the BJP-led alliance.

Imphal: Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla on Tuesday invited the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form the government in the North Eastern state. "So far you have not refuted the claims and numbers of BJP".

The Congress claimed that the Governor should have invited them to form government, as they are the single largest party with 17 seats.

"N Biren has been unanimously elected leader of the BJP Legislature Party. We will explore the possibility of forming the next government", party's state general secretary Sadanand Tanawade told PTI today. "Therefore, this is a clear attempt to nullify peoples' mandate", he added. Parrikar has been Goa's Chief Minister twice before and has been credited with strengthening the BJP in the coastal state.

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The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and the independents won three seats each, while the NCP bagged one.

The Congress won 17 seats while the BJP came second with 13 in the election to the 40-member Goa Assembly.

Union Finance Minister and leader of the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, has been given additional charge of Defence Ministry following the resignation of Manohar Parrikar who has been chosen as the next CM of Goa.

"Singhvi insisted on the floor test immediately on Tuesday or on Wednesday staying the swearing-in of Parrikar, but the Court disagreed to interfere in the Governor's decision to invite Parrikar to take oath and ordered the floor test on March 16 only after the 'formalities"' of constituting the new House are completed by the Election Commission.

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