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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar resigns from his post

India TV News Desk 08 Nov 2014, 14:32:03 PM IST
India TV News Desk

Panaji:  Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is tipped to become the Union Defence Minister, today tendered his resignation from the post paving way for the appointment of his successor in the state.
Parrikar faxed his resignation to State Governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhavan this afternoon, after meeting the Archbishop.

The two-paragraph resignation letter was faxed from his official residence at Altinho here.

After resigning, Parrikar left the party headquarters to attend a meeting of office bearers and legislators who will finalise the name of his successor.

“The swearing-in of the new CM would be held at 4 PM,” Parrikar told PTI minutes before faxing his resignation. With the resignation of Parrikar, entire state cabinet comprising 12 ministers, two of which were from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), was dissolved.

The fresh cabinet would be sworn-in along with the new Chief Minister.

“It was difficult for me to leave the state but nation is bigger than the state,” Parrikar had told reporters last evening after chairing his last state cabinet meeting.

The 58-year-old leader was sworn in on March 2012 after he rode the party to a historical win in the State Legislative Assembly polls. The party managed to win on 21 seats out of 40 emerging as the single largest legislative unit.