Exuding confidence about the BJP retaining power in Goa with a “bigger majority” after the upcoming Assembly polls, Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said the next chief minister could either be from the elected MLAs or a central party leader may take over the post.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, a former Goa chief minister, and his Cabinet colleague Sripad Naik hail from the coastal state, but despite repeated queries, Gadkari declined to reveal if he was hinting at one of them.
“The second list of BJP candidates would be announced in the next two days. I am confident that we will get more seats than the last election. We will form the government. The elected representatives will elect their leader (the chief minister). This leader can either be from the elected representatives or we can even send (someone) from the Centre. “But, the next chief minister would be decided in a democratic way by the elected representatives,” he told a press conference here.