Goa floor test to be a smooth affair for Parrikar

Panaji, Mar 15: The floor test for the BJP-led government in Goa, headed by Manohar Parrikar, is expected to be a smooth affair as the combine is confident of the numbers at its command.

Parrikar, who was sworn-in along with nine ministers last evening, has the support of 22 legislators, two more than the halfway mark of 20 in the 40-member Assembly. 

The 61-year-old IITian, who stepped down as Defence Minister and made a 'home-coming' as the Goa Chief Minister for the fourth time, is confident of proving the majority on the support given to him by his alliance partners, Goa

Forward Party (GFP), Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Independents.

Parrikar, whose party has 13 MLAs, had staked claim to form the government on Sunday mustering the support of the GFP and 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.