Panaji: The appointment of senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Francis D`Souza as deputy chief minister in Goa has been adapted from the models in Karnataka and Maharashtra, according to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Parrikar earlier this week had said that D`Souza had been chosen for the post of deputy chief minister, and a formal notification would be issued Monday.
"There is a deputy cheif minister in Karnataka and Mumbai (Maharashtra). It`s the same thing here," Parrikar told reporters after a meeting of BJP legislators.
For Goa, which has a 40-member state legislative assembly, the post of deputy chief minister is not new.
The state has had a turbulent political history, with 14 chief ministers in the last 19 years, apart from two spells of President`s Rule. Senior politicians like Dr Wilfred de Souza and Dayanand Narvekar have served as deputy chief ministers of the state in the past.
According to Francis D`Souza himself, his appointment as deputy chief minister would only help him officially substitute the chief minister in government-endorsed functions, whenever the latter was preoccupied.
"It gives me official status," said D`Souza, who was a deputy leader in the state legislative assembly, when the BJP was in opposition.
D`Souza had been the sole prominent Catholic face in the BJP for over a decade. In the March 2012 assembly polls, however, six Catholic legislators (including D`Souza) were elected on the saffron party`s ticket.
Goa has a population of 14 lakh; nearly 26 percent of the state is Catholic.