Manohar Parrikar Swearing-In: Former Defence Minister sworn in as Chief Minister of Goa along with 9 MLAs

Devyani Sultania

Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was sworn in as the chief minister of Goa on Tuesday at 5 pm after the Supreme Court refused to stay the swearing-in ceremony of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and also ordered a floor test on March 16 in the Goa Assembly. Nine other MLAs also took oath as ministers in the Goa government amid protests by citizens and Congress party workers outside the Governor's house.

The Congress had moved Supreme Court on Monday evening alleging that the BJP had gone ahead and staked claim to form government in Goa despite having the numbers. Senior leader Digvijay Singh, the general secretary in-charge of Goa, also met with Governor Mridula Sinha at 1.30 pm urging her to postpone the oath-taking ceremony.

According to the Indian Express, Goa Forward Party (GFP) leaders Prabhakar Timble, General Secretary Mohandas Lolayekar, and spokesman Prashant Naik boycotted Parrikar's oath-taking ceremony.

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Here are all the live updates:

6:05 pm IST: "We will prove our majority first. Other procedures can follow later. Portfolios only distributed after proving majority on the floor. The first common minimum programme was to come together," Parrikar told reporters.

6:03 pm IST: Parrikar says that the BJP will prove majority support in the floor of the House on March 16. He also attacked the Congress while speaking with the media.

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"No one wants to support them as everyone knows there is infighting. They proved it again today. I am asked again, will you prove majority... Congress came in a bus. The reason is they are scared if they come in car, they are scared some cars might dissapear. They packed 17 in a bus. We have MGP, GFP and two and a half Independents. Over 55 per cent Goans are thus represented. Therefore, we have a post-election coalition. This is adequate proof for floor of the House."

5:57 pm IST: "The support extended to BJP to form govt in Goa is only for Goa's development. No MLA wanted to support Congress. I agree the mandate is fractured, but with 22 MLAs together the vote share is more than sufficient. It's post poll alliance," Parrikar says while talking to reporters.

5:55 pm IST: Manohar Parrikar attacks Congress while speaking to the media after the oath-taking ceremony. He said: "If you had the support then why did you not go to the Governor?"

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5:47 pm IST: Oath-taking ceremony ends. Nationa Anthem is played.

5:46 pm IST: All MLAs from BJP, MGP, and GFP along with the Independent MLAs have been sworn in as ministers in the Goa government.

5:45 pm IST: Pandurang Madkaikar, who defected to the BJP ahead of polls, has taken oath as minister. Independent Govind Gaude and GFP's Vinod Paliancar have also been sworn in as ministers in the Goa government.

5:40 pm IST: Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Manohar Parrikar after he is sworn in as the chief minister of Goa.

5:38 pm IST: MGP's Manohar Ajgaonkar and Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte take oath as ministers in Goa government

5:34 pm IST: Deputy CM Francis D'Souza also took oath as minister in the Goa government.

5:30 pm IST: 

5:28 pm IST: MLAs take oath of office after Parrikar is sworn in as the chief minister of Goa. Sudin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) was the second person to take oath of office followed by GFP's Vijay Sardesai.

5:23 pm IST: Manohar Parrikar takes oath as chief minister of Goa in Konkani. Governor Mridula Sinha administers the oath of office.

5:21 pm IST: Citizens and Congress party workers protest outside Raj Bhavan in Goa using placards with messages like '#NotMyCM' and 'Backward Goa'.

5:20 pm IST: Governor Mridula Sinha arrives for the ceremony. Parrikar to take oath shortly.

5:14 pm IST: Parrikar arrives at Raj Bhavan for his swearing-in ceremony.

5:12 pm IST: Parrikar's oath-taking ceremony to begin shortly. Union Minister Nitin gadkari has also arrived at Raj Bhavan amid protests from citizens and Congress party workers outside the governor's house.

5:10 pm IST: Former chief minister of Goa Laxmikant Parsekar, BJP chief Amit Shah, Goa Forward Party's (GFP) Vijay Sardesai and his MLAs have arrived at Raj Bhavan for Parrikar's oath-taking ceremony.

4:55 pm IST: Arun Jaitley addressed a press conference in Delhi where he said that the Congress did not elect a leader or stake claim to form government before the Governor. Therefore, it cannot protest against the BJP for staking claim to form government in Goa.

4:25 pm IST: "We are confident that Congress will fail the floor test in Goa,"  BJP leader Laxmikant Parsekar was quoted by CNN-News18 as saying

4:05 pm IST: Protests erupt outside Raj Bhavan in Goa. Several workers of the Congress Party seen, reports the Indian Express. 

4 pm IST: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley lashes out at Congress for complaining "a bit too much."

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