We all were shocked when we had heard that the Defence Minister of India, Manohar Parrikar, had resigned from the Defence Ministry and staked claim to form the government in Goa. We failed to understand why Manohar Parrikar would give up the defence ministry, despite having such a stellar performance.
Indian defence has been a source of plundering since the time of Jawaharlal Nehru. The most corrupt family in the country has made a fortune through defence brokerage over the past few decades. Most defence dalaals lost their “cut” since Manohar Parrikar took charge. Today, the government negotiates with the OEMs directly. Not even their home country’s government can interfere. PM Modi is particularly pleased with this minister and would never let him go.
However, despite all this, the question is, WHY? Firstly, why would Manohar Parrikar leave the Defence Ministry for Goa CM Throne? And secondly (& more importantly), why would PM Modi let him go? Here’s the answer:
Other parties have offered to extend support to the BJP & form a coalition government in Goa, with a pre-condition that Manohar Parrikar would be the new Chief Minister.
2 parties (Goa Forward Party & Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party) & Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte wrote letters to the Governor of Goa, extending support to the BJP. The letters have similar wording. They extended their support “subject to Shri Manohar Parrikar being made the Chief Minister of the State.” This spoke volumes about the popularity of Manohar Parrikar in the state of Goa.
Goa Assembly has 40 seats. BJP has won 13 seats of them. Both the aforementioned parties have secured 3 seats each. If Khaunte gets aboard, BJP will need the support of only one of the remaining 2 independent MLAs, or the lone NCP MLA, to form the government.
Moreover, this alliance is not merely first-past-the-post, the BJP has secured 32.5% vote share, MGP – 11.3%, GFP – 3.5%, & Khaunte – 1.2% votes. Together, they have a combined vote share of 48.5%.