However, after winning the general elections in 2014, the party decided to make Manohar Parrikar as the union Defence Minister after which Parrikar was transferred to Delhi and the state witnessed a new Chief Minister in the form of Laxmikant Parsekar.
The resolution was passed at a meeting of BJP MLAs at a meeting attended by Parrikar, union minister Nitin Gadkari and caretaker Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.
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"We want Mr. Parrikar as the Chief Minister of Goa. The fact remains that the AAP has made an impact on Goa and we will continue to work", Gomes told reporters after the results were declared. Moreover Parrikar was the star campaigner for the assembly elections even though Parsekar was the chief minister, Parsekar won thrice from his constituency of Mandrem in north Goa in the past. Meanwhile, smaller parties and Independent candidates are believed to be in talks with both the BJP and Congress.
While the BJP rejoices in the thumping victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, it has lost Goa to Congress. Manipur, on the other hand, is making the party at the Centre smile.. Congress might crawl close to the magic number which is required to form the government in Goa. Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigning for BJP in Goa, the party has been reduced to 13 seats in the state. Parrikar had won the election in 2012 for the BJP. The MGP, GFP and the Independent MLAs have said that support to the BJP would be provided only if Parrikar came back as CM.
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Hectic parleys continued throughout the night for the formation of government in Goa.
"We are also in touch with non-BJP MLAs and we are absolutely sure that we have the numbers on our side".
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Parrikar had said yesterday, "In the situation of a fractured mandate, everyone is in the race to form the government".