Goa Assembly Floor test: BJP MLA from Panaji Kuncalienkar appointed as Protem Speaker

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Panaji (Goa) [India], Mar. 15 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Panaji Sidharth Kuncalienkar has been appointed as Protem Speaker for Goa Assembly Floor test tomorrow. He will be sworn in by the Governor today. Earlier in the day, former defence minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manohar Parrikar took oath as the 13th Chief Minister of Goa. Goa Governor Mridula Sinha administered the oath of office to Parrikar at the Raj Bhavan. The Supreme Court had refused to stay the swearing-in of Parrikar and ordered a floor test in the state assembly at 11 a.m. on March 16. Parrikar quit as the defence minister of India, a post he had been holding since November 2014 after first reshuffle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet. Parrikar replaced incumbent Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar. Parrikar has been Goa's Chief Minister twice before and has been credited with strengthening the BJP in the coastal state. The BJP, which won 13 seats in the 40-member Goa Assembly, managed to garner support from other parties and Independents to attain majority under Parrikar. Three MLAs of the Goa Forward Party, three of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and two Independents have pledged their support to Parrikar. The Congress won 17 seats in the recently concluded polls. (ANI)