While single largest party the Congress bickered over who should be Goa Chief Minister, the BJP, with four seats less than the rival was busy contacting smaller parties and securing their support. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, the BJP leader in-charge of Goa, met leaders of regional parties and Independent legislators at a five-star hotel and had signed them up by Sunday evening, a day after assembly election results were announced, to support a BJP-led government.
The potential allies wanted Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar as Chief Minister and Mr Gadkari had the top BJP leadership sign that off by Sunday evening. Mr Parrikar met the Goa Governor with letters of support from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party or MGP, the Goa Forward and two Independents and was invited to form government. On Monday he announced he had resigned as the country’s Defence Minister.
Man of the moment Nitin Gadkari described to NDTV the fast-paced developments that led to the invitation. “Immediately after the result, party president Amit Shah asked me to rush to Goa. I reached at midnight and called a meeting of our office bearers and leaders with Manohar Parrikar. At the same time we called leaders of different parties and independent members. There were a lot of problems in coming to the conclusion but the round of meetings took place up to 5 am on Sunday in the morning. And next day also we discussed,” he said.