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

ANI  |  Panaji (Goa) [India] 

(BJP) from Panaji Sidharth Kuncalienkar has been appointed as Protem Speaker for Assembly Floor test tomorrow. He will be sworn in by the Governor today.

Earlier in the day, former defence minister and (BJP) leader took oath as the 13th Chief Minister of

Governor Mridula Sinha administered the oath of office to Parrikar at the

The Supreme had refused to stay the swearing-in of Parrikar and ordered a floor test in the 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 Modi's Cabinet.

Parrikar replaced incumbent Chief Minister

Parrikar has been Goa's Chief Minister twice before and has been credited with strengthening the 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.

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 14:48 IST