Panaji (Goa): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Glenn Ticlo on Monday opined that one of the 12 BJP MLAs should lead Goa, following the demise of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Ticlo’s reaction came after the opposition Congress, which is the single largest party in the 40-member Goa assembly, wrote to Governor Mridula Sinha, the third time in past two days to stake claim to form government in the state.
“Definitely, one among the 12 of us BJP MLAs should lead the state, it is but obvious,” Ticlo told ANI.
The four-time Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Manohar Parrikar died on Sunday evening after a prolonged battle against cancer at the age of 63. The present strength of the Goa Assembly stands at 37 instead of 40.
The Congress is currently the single-largest party in Goa with 14 MLAs. The BJP has 13 legislators and its government is supported by three MLAs each of the Goa Forward Party and Maharashtra Gomantak Party, and three Independents.