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Monday, 3 June, 2002, 12:36 GMT 13:36 UK
India's BJP takes over in Goa
Voters at a polling centre in India
The BJP has not fared well in recent polls
A coalition government led by India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been sworn in the western state of Goa.

The government has a majority of 22 in the 40 member assembly after polls last week, bringing some relief to the BJP's battered electoral fortunes in India.

The Congress Party, India's main opposition party, came second in the state with 16 seats.

Map of India

The state assembly was dissolved in February this year on the recommendations of the ruling BJP which sought a fresh mandate after being deserted by some party members.

New cabinet

The new 13-member cabinet under the leadership of Manohar Parrikar includes eight from the BJP, two each from the regional Maharshrawadi Gomantak Party and the United Goans Democratic Party and an independent.

Mr Parrikar said this government will be more stable than the earlier one.

The state governor has ruled out the need to have a vote of confidence.

But the state assembly needs to meet before 15 June.

Shifting politics

The BJP has lost power in several key states and currently rules only three of the country's 29 states.

Correspondents say the BJP has tried to woo voters with a tough stance against Pakistan over Kashmir.

Goa, a former Portuguese enclave dotted with ancient churches and renowned for its beaches, is home to 1.3 million people.

Its constantly shifting politics have resulted in six chief ministers in the past four years.


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