New Delhi/Panaji: The Bhartiya Janat Party (BJP) Sunday decided to send back to Gao Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to lead the newly elected government in the state as Chief Minister.
In Panaji, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said Parrikar will resign as Defence Minister before taking oath as the new Chief Minister of Goa.
The decision came after Newly elected Goa BJP MLAs on Sunday "unanimously" backed Parrikar as the state legislature party leader and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) said it will support a government led by Parrikar.
The newly elected BJP MLAs, who met today to explore the possibility of forming government in the state, passed a resolution urging party chief Amit Shah to nominate Parrikar as leader of the legislature party.
"All the BJP legislators, except Milind Naik, whose brother expired yesterday, were present in the meeting held today,"
BJP MLA Michael Lobo told reporters outside the party headquarters here.
"It was unanimously resolved to request party president Amit Shah to allow Manohar Parrikar to be elected as the legislature party leader in Goa," Lobo said.
"We have already decided to forward a copy of the resolution to the party president. A letter would be written asking him to permit Parrikar to head our legislature wing," he said.
Manohar Parrikar, former Goa Chief Minister was shifted to Delhi to become Defence Minister after the BJP won the 2014 General Elections and Modi became Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to hold the Defence portfolio till a replacement for Parrikar is found.