The incumbent BJP has won 13 seats on its own and has claimed that it has secured support of eight other legislators needed to cross the magic mark. Mr Parrikar will take oath as the Chief Minister tomorrow.
“The BJP’s sitting chief minister (Laxmikant Parsekar) lost election they have no moral ground to form government … Mr Parrikar did not even contest election…no one knows if he is popular among the people of Goa… this is murder of democracy in broad day light,” said Congress’ Priyanka Chaturvedi .
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar lost both the constituencies he fought – a sign, the Congress says, of the people’s firm rejection of the BJP.
Rejecting the Congress’ claim, the BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao said, “We secured 4% more popular votes than the Congress, we also have legislative majority to form government… they don’t have numbers.”
Mr Parrikar together with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari held a long meeting on Sunday evening where the BJP efficiently collected the additional eight seats it needs from regional parties. Mr Parrikar then met with Governor Mridula Sinha to stake claim and was invited to form the government. He will have to prove his majority in the assembly within 15 days of swearing in as Chief Minister.
The incumbent BJP has staked claim to form government despite placing second to the Congress which has won the most -17- but not enough to form the government – the target is 21.
The BJP legislators in Goa met on Sunday morning and unanimously said they want Mr Parrikar to head their government. The party’s former ally the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party or MGP with three seats has said it will support the BJP if Mr Parrikar is selected by his party as head of the government.
Another regional party Goa Forward, which also won three seats, has provided its support in writing at the meeting on Sunday evening.
There are three independents who have been elected two of whom have promised support to the BJP, earning it the eight extra seats it needs for a majority.
Mr Gadkari earlier on Sunday had said that Mr Parrikar has not resigned yet as Defence Minister but Goa legislators want him as Chief Minister.
Mr Parrikar, after taking over as Chief Minister, will have to get elected to the Goa legislature within six months. He will also have to prove his majority in the legislature.
The Congress’s Digvijaya Singh has accused the BJP of wooing defections and horse-trading. But he said that if the Congress does not get enough written support to hit 21 seats, it would “not like” to try and form the government.