Goa CM Manohar Parrikar retains key portfolios,Home and Finance; others get a ministry each.

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Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar (born 13 December 1955),Previously he was Chief Minister from 2000 to 2005 and from 2012 to 2014. Parrikar served in the BJP government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Minister of Defence of India from 2014 to 2017.

He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, but later resigned after the 2017 Goa Legislative Assembly election, in which he was appointed as Chief Minister of Goa,since 14 March 2017.

Manohar Parrikar was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of the state on March 14.

Retaining the key portfolios Home, Finance, and four other ministries, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday allotted one portfolio each to nine other cabinet ministers.

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While two BJP ministers Francis D’Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar have been given the Urban Development and Power, three Goa Forward Party legislators Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Paliencar and Jayesh Salgaocar have been given respectively the Town and Country Planning, Water Resources Department and Housing Board.

The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, which has two lawmakers Sudin Dhavalikar and Manohar Azgaonkar in the cabinet, has been given the coveted Public Works Department and Tourism ministries.

Independent legislators Rohan Khaunte and Govind Gawde, who have extended their support to Parrikar to form the new ministry in Goa, have been allotted the Revenue, and Art and Culture ministries.

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After winning the floor test, Parrikar in his press meet had said that his immediate focus would be the budget, with the rest of the portfolios expected to be assigned in April.

The allotment of ministries was notified in the state government gazette on Monday after formal approval of Goa Governor Mridula Sinha earlier in the day.