For Manohar Parrikar, the BJP's poster boy in Goa, it's a homecoming and another stint as chief minister of the coastal state.
Parrikar, who quit as Defence Minister, on Tuesday took oath as the chief minister of Goa to head a coalition government, three days after the BJP ended up second behind the Congress in a fractured mandate.
Parrikar (61) took oath along with nine MLAs including two members of the BJP, three of the Goa Forward Party, two of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and as many Independents.
MGP's Manohar Ajgaonkar and Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte take oath as ministers in Goa Government pic.twitter.com/Gs7HD7XZuj— ANI (@ANI_news) March 14, 2017
The BJP stalwart, returned to Goa as the chief minister for fourth time, though he could not complete full terms in his earlier stints.
He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Mridula Sinha at the Raj Bhawan in Panaji, two days after she appointed Parrikar as the chief minister and asked him to prove majority on the floor of the House within 15 days.
BJP president Amit Shah and Union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Venkaiah Naidu were present at the swearing-in ceremony. Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his best wishes to Parrikar on becoming the chief minister
Congratulations to @manoharparrikar and his team on being sworn in. My best wishes in taking Goa to new heights of progress.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 14, 2017
Parrikar said the portfolios will be alloted after the new government proves majority on floor of the Legislative Assembly.
Congress, which got 17 seats in the 40-member Assembly in the election results declared on March 11, had knocked at the doors of the Supreme Court for stopping the swearing-in but did not get any positive ruling.
This is how the newly-elected CM responded to the petition:
The support extended to BJP to form govt in Goa is only for Goa's development. No MLA wanted to support Congress : Manohar Parrikar pic.twitter.com/i4LC1IISn1— ANI (@ANI_news) March 14, 2017
Parrikar, however, will have to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly by Thursday, according to the Supreme Court ruling.
CM for the fourth time
Parrikar's first stint as chief minister was from October 24, 2000 to February 27, 2002. He had his next term at the top slot in the state from June 5, 2002 to January 29, 2005.
In 2012, he successfully led the BJP to power and became the chief minister for the third time, which lasted until November 2014 when he was made Defence Minister. Parrikar as the party's choice this time round was broadly hinted by the BJP leaders including Nitin Gadkari during the run-up, saying a leader from Delhi could be called to head the state after the polls.
Parrikar, who often faced criticism from detractors for air dashing to Goa every weekend, also did not hide his wish to return to his home state.
A metallurgical engineer from IIT Bombay, Parrikar, in post-poll days, displayed immense political skill in outsmarting the single largest party Congress in number games by forging a coalition winning over the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP).
Born in a middle class business family in Mapusa in north Goa, Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar graduated to the BJP from the RSS ranks. He joined the RSS in his school days and always held that the ideology and training he received from the organisation greatly helped him in public life, most importantly in decision-making.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hand-picked him as the Defence Minister in November 2014, has often lavished praises on Parrikar for his dedication and hard work, especially in the context of the surgical strike last year. Parrikar was first elected to the Goa Assembly in 1994. He served as he leader of the opposition from June to November 1999.