Goa Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar was on Saturday elected leader of the BJP Legislature Party, paving the way for his elevation as the new Chief Minister, snuffing out any challenge from Deputy CM Francis D’Souza.
Parsekar, who was unanimously elected the leader at a meeting of the BJP Legislature Party, took oath as Goa's new Chief Minister after Manohar Parrikar resigned from his post to join the Union Cabinet.
His name was proposed by Parrikar and seconded by the Deputy Chief Minister D’Souza, who had earlier staked claim to the post on ground of seniority.
However, he backed Parsekar after being mollified by the party leadership.
“Parsekar was elected the leader of the BJP Legislature Party unanimously,” said party general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy, party’s observer for the election.
Parsekar, MLA from Mandrem constituency, sworned-in as Chief Minister at 4 PM at Raj Bhavan on Saturday.
Earlier, Parrikar faxed his resignation to Governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhavan. The 58-year-old technocrat-turned politician had taken over as Chief Minister in March 2012 after BJP rode to power in the coastal state.