Panaji: March 16th Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of the BJP has won a trust vote in the Goa assembly. 22 legislators voted for the Chief Minister; he needed 21 votes to prove majority in the 40-member legislature. Only 16 of the Congress' 17 legislators voted, with senior leader Viswajeet Rane absent from the House at the time of the trust vote.
"We had 23 MLAs with us, all stood by us. 22 voted in our favour, the Speaker, who is from our party could of course not vote," said Mr Parrikar, now confirmed as Goa's new Chief Minister.