BJP leader Manohar Parrikar has resigned from the post of Defence Minister of the country and will be sworn in as chief minister of Goa on Tuesday.
"I have tendered my resignation as Defence Minister and have sent it to the PMO. I will be taking the oath (as Goa chief minister) tomorrow evening, along with the cabinet ministers," Parrikar said on Monday.
Asked how many ministers would be sworn in, Parrikar said, "The decision on the number of ministers and other issues are being currently worked out. Once the cabinet is finalised, we will inform the media."
Governor Mridula Sinha had invited Parrikar to form the government after he staked claim and showed the support of 21 MLAs on Sunday.
The governor asked Parrikar to prove majority in the assembly within 15 days of assuming charge. Parrikar's candidature was cleared by the BJP parliamentary board on Sunday evening. On Monday, he resigned as the defence minister.
BJP defeated Congress, which has more numbers, by tying up with Goa Forward Party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (both of whom have three MLAs), independent Rohan Khaunte and BJP-supported independent Govind Gaude.
A fact that has not gone down well with Congress leaders. P Chidambaram said BJP is going against the vote of people while Digvijaya Singh said sorry to the people of Goa for not being able to form government despite winning highest number of seats in the state.
BJP has 13 MLAs in the 40-member Goa assembly while Congress has 17. Parrikar's return to Goa would mean a vacancy in the cabinet committee on security.