Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has to prove majority in the Goa Assembly today. He stepped down as the Defence Minister to return as thechief minister on Tuesday. Parrikar enjoys the support of 22 MLAs, two more than the halfway mark of 20 in the 40-member Assembly.
The Congress has been crying foul as despite being the single-largestparty in the Assembly it failed to cobble up the support of non-BJP MLAs, following which Governor Mridula Sinha gave the BJP the first go at government formation.
Manohar Parrikar, whose party has 13 MLAs, had staked claim to form the government on Sunday mustering the support of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP) besides two Independents,which together took the tally of the combine to 21.
Another Independent MLA had extended his support to the coalition yesterday, raising its number to 22.
Proving majority may not be difficult considering eight out of nine leaders who helped BJP garner backdoor majority have been accommodated in the Parrikar cabinet.
But Parrikar has a tough challenge at hand even after crossing the Thursday floor test as carrying along two regional parties and independents may not be easy. Also, the Congress party would be eyeing to poach on four of them to topple Parrikar government."