Manohar Parrikar back in Goa saddle, ordered to prove majority in House tomorrow

Manohar Parrikar, who stepped down as Defence Minister to head a BJP-led coalition in Goa, was sworn in as Chief Minister for the fourth time Tuesday. He will have to prove his majority on the floor of the House Thursday in line with a Supreme Court order Tuesday. Parrikar and nine others were administered the oath of office by Governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhavan, three days after the BJP ended up second behind the Congress in a split mandate.
The Congress, which won 17 seats in the 40-member Assembly, had approached the Supreme Court to stall the swearing-in but got no reprieve. The court ordered Parrikar to prove his majority on Thursday though the Governor had earlier given him 15 days to prove his strength.
Along with Parrikar, those sworn in as ministers were two MLAs of the BJP, three of the Goa Forward Party (GFP), two of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and two Independents.