Panaji: Chief minister-designate Manohar Parrikar and six other
legislators would be sworn in as ministers in Panaji on Friday. Senior BJP
leaders including LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj will attend the oath taking
ceremony that is being held at the Sports Authority of Goa ground, which
is expected to be packed with thousands of people.
said that seven people including chief minister would be taking oath
during the first round this evening. The cabinet expansion would be held
later after presentation of the state budget.
The first lot of
ministers includes two legislators from minority community--Francis
D'Souza and Matanhy Saldanha-- who were in Parrikar cabinet when his
government was toppled in the year 2005.
BJP Goa unit president
Laxmikant Parsekar, who got elected from Mandrem constituency, tribal
leader Ramesh Tawadkar and Dayanand Mandrekar will also be taking oath.
Dhavalikar, a legislator from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), will
also be inducted in the cabinet on Friday. He was transport minister in
Congress-led cabinet and had resigned before March 3 polls.
had fought Goa polls in alliance with the BJP.
The saffron party
led by Parrikar had swept March 3 polls reducing Congress numbers to a
single digit in the legislative assembly.
Also, Parrikar will
chair the first ever cabinet meeting after the swearing in on Friday.
to the news agency on Thursday, Parrikar had said that various issues of
priority would be taken up in the first cabinet meeting.