Pramod Sawant is the new chief minister of Goa, thus putting an end to Congress attempt to form the government following the death of Manohar Parrikar, the BJP Monday chose Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant as the new Chief Minister of the state.
Sawant and his cabinet of 11 ministers took oath early Tuesday morning. With that, Goa has a new chief minister and a functional cabinet.
Hours after Parrikar was cremated with state honours, 45-year-old Sawant headed to the Raj Bhavan midnight to stake a claim after leaders of two key allies.
Goa Forward Party’s Vijai Sardesai and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP)’s Sudin Dhavalikar, who were offered posts of Deputy Chief Ministers but had held out all evening, finally came on board.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who coordinated the BJP moves and talks with allies, said: “Our alliance partners and MLAs are going to meet the Governor. Signed letters establishing our majority will also be submitted to the Goa Governor.”
What is strength of Assembly-: The Goa Assembly strength is down to 36 MLAs — with the deaths of Parrikar on Sunday and Francis D’Souza in February, and with two Congress members have resigned. The Congress has 14 MLAs, the BJP 12, the MGP and Goa Forward Party three each, the NCP one and three are Independents.