Goa: Manohar Parrikar sworn in as Chief Minister

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Panaji:  BJP leader Manohar Parrikar was sworn in for the third time as the Chief Minister of Goa.

Governor K Sankarnarayanan administered the oath amidst a huge public affair ceremony arranged by the party.

Riding high on the anti-incumbency wave in state, the BJP-led alliance, which includes Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party(MGP), drubbed the Congress by winning 24 of the 40 seats.

Mr Parrikar has been the chief minister twice from October 2000 to February 2005.

Mr Parrikar said yesterday that all the BJP ministers from his 2005 Cabinet would find place in the new dispensation, and that the Budget would be presented around March 24.

"There are five ministers who were in my old Cabinet. They will be sworn-in again," Mr Parrikar said.

Mr Parrikar has promised to make petrol cheaper by 11 rupees by removing the Value added tax (VAT) and set up a Lokayukta within 100 days.

On his Facebook page, Mr Parrikar has also said that an amount of Rs. 1000 will be credited in the bank accounts of housewives every month as a measure to combat price rise and undertaking other infrastructural developments in the state.

"The BJP-MGP alliance will start implementing the manifesto immediately but it would take little time to deliver," he said.

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