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Goa CM Parrikar wins floor test with 22 votes

ANI  |  Panaji (Goa) [India] 

Newly appointed Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who faced the crucial floor test today in the Assembly, established victory as 22 MLAs stood in his support.

16 MLAs opposed Parrikar's candidature as the Chief Minister, while one was absent.

Parrikar, who stepped down as Defence Minister, was sworn-in as the chief minister of the coastal state for the fourth time on Tuesday evening, along with nine ministers.

But with the challenging his appointment, citing Governor Mridula Sinha did not follow the procedure as dictated by the Constitution, the Supreme earlier this week asked the test to be conducted today.

A special Assembly session was convened for the purpose.

Parrikar had claimed the support of 22 legislators, two more than the halfway mark in the 40-member Assembly.

The bagged 13 seats in the polls, while it claimed the support of three MLAs each of the Forward Party and Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party, besides three independents. The won 17 seats.

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First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 12:57 IST