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Parrikar taunts Rahul Gandhi, credits him for BJP's victory

ANI  |  Panaji (Goa) [India] 

With vice-president drawing flak from every quarter over the grand old party's dismal show in the recently-concluded assembly polls, newly-appointed Chief Minister today taunted the former and sardonically remarked that he would want him to stay on forever to help the (BJP) win with majority every time.

"I wish he leads the party for long; we want to achieve the majority in the forthcoming elections too," he said.

In the assembly polls in five states, the managed to secure a clear majority in Punjab, while the emerged victorious in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Even in and Manipur, where there was a fractured mandate, the managed to garner support from independent MLAs and other parties and formed a government.

Earlier today, Parrikar established victory in the assembly floor test with 22 legislators standing up in his support.

Soon after his victory, Parrikar trained his guns on general secretary Digvijaya Singh and said that the latter had come to the coastal state for luxury and not to work.

Parrikar steered clear of any questions on MLA Vishwajit Rane, who had written a letter to party vice-president complaining about the senior party leaders for their slow decision making that cost them the chance to form the government in and Manipur.

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 Court earlier this week asked the test to be conducted today.

A special Assembly session was convened for the purpose.

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First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 16:22 IST