The Prime Minister's Office tweeted:
However, speculation of Mr Parrikar's return to state politics intensified after BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that should the party retain power in Goa in 2017, the government there would work under the leadership of Mr Parrikar.
On polling day, Mr Parrikar joked that he missed the food in Goa and lost weight since moving to Delhi.
Following the poll, the BJP managed to form the government in Goa despite emerging as the second largest party, behind Congress, after it was supported by regional parties. The parties extended support on the condition that the BJP should appoint Mr Parrikar as the Chief Minister. Subsequently, Mr Parrikar tendered his resignation as Union Defence Minister and returned to state politics. He will, however, have to seek election to the Goa legislative assembly within six months.
(with inputs from PTI)