Manohar Parrikar is the new Chief Minister of Goa | Resigns Defence Minister

"The Governor has asked Parrikar to prove majority in the Legislative Assembly session within 15 days after administration of oath of office", the note said. During a press conference on Sunday, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Union minister Nitin Gadkari announced that the party is ready to form the government in Goa. The Modi wave so strong that even Congress poster boy Harish Rawat lost from the both seats which he contested. The Congress and its allies had won 18 seats.

Meanwhile, the lone Nationalist Congress Party MLA Churchill Alemao, who has been a part of a Congress-led coalition government from 2007-12, has said he was keen to be a part of a government. "We have shown the governor our names and have told her that we are prepared to form the government. We are in talks with independent MLAs and other parties and respect their wishes for a stable government".

After assuming seats in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday declared that selected observers will submit their respective reports to the Parliamentary Board which will give its final decision on the chief ministerial candidates in these states.

Exit polls on Thursday largely backed BJP over Congress, which will be ruing CM Harish Rawat's campaign tactics.

Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar will resign from the post of Defense Minister for Goa to become the CM.

The Naga People's Front (NPF), the National People's Party (NPP) and the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) are constituents of the BJP-led alliance and are most likely to support the BJP in government formation.

A former Minister and party's Jharkhand in-charge, Trivendra Singh Rawat, who won the Doiwala seat, is known to have close links with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. It is now supported by three legislators each of the Goa Forward Party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and two Independent legislators.

"This is the mandate given by the people though we fell short of the magical figure".

Since there is no clear majority in Goa, Congress national general secretary Digvijaya Singh will reportedly hold a meeting in the evening and discuss the possibility of forming a government with the NCP, MGP and Goa Forward.

The Congress, which has emerged as the single largest party by winning 17 seats, has won 13 seats, BJP's vote share is the highest.

  • Leroy Wright