A day after BJP leader and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Pramod Sawant sworn in as the Chief Minister of Goa, the new government is all set to face the floor test in the state Assembly on Wednesday to prove its majority.
Exuding confidence on the BJP-led alliance, the Goa CM Pramod Sawant said that the new government would win the floor test and will remain intact, adding the party's allies are backing him.
The BJP-led government claims majority with the support of 21 MLAs --12 from the BJP, three each of allies Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and three Independents.
The strength of the 40-member goa assembly reduced to 36 following the death of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and BJP MLA Francis D'Souza along with the resignations of two Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte.
While Congress remains the single largest party with 14 MLAs, it had staked claim to form the government in the light of the demise of Manohar Parrikar.
After dramatic marathon meetings with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Pramod Sawant was appointed as the Goa CM in the presence of Governor Mridula Sinha late night at 1:50 am on Monday.
11 other lawmakers, including Manohar Ajgaonkar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Vinod Palyekar of the Goa Forward Party, also took oath as Cabinet ministers. Sudin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party were appointed as the new deputy Chief Ministers.
Speaking on the occasion, newly-appointed Goa CM Pramod Sawant had said that the BJP party has given him a huge responsibility, assuring to try his best to carry it out in every possible manner.
"I have to provide stability & move ahead together with all allies. It'll be my responsibility to complete the incomplete works. I will not be able to work as much as Manohar Parrikar ji but I will definitely try to work as much as possible. Party has given me a huge responsibility, I will try my best to carry it out in the best possible manner. Whatever I am today is all due to Manohar Parrikar," said Pramod Sawant.