Hours after discussions, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and BJP leader Pramod Sawant sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Goa in a late night ceremony on Monday in the presence of Governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhavan.
11 other lawmakers, including Manohar Ajgaonkar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Vinod Palyekar of the Goa Forward Party, took oath as Cabinet ministers. Sudin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party are the new deputy Chief Ministers.
Speaking on the occasion, newly-appointed Goa CM Pramod Sawant 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. It was he who brought me to politics, I became the Speaker and the CM today, due to him," Pramod Sawant said while speaking to news agency ANI.
Who is Pramod Sawant:
A Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly and MLA from North Goa's Sankhalim, Pramod Sawant is also an Ayurvedic doctor by training. He holds a degree in BAMS (Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine) from Ganga Aruvedic Medical College, and also holds a degree in MSW (Master In Social Work).
The Chief Minister's post went vacant following the death of Manohar Parrikar on Sunday evening after a prolonged illness.
With a strength of 40 Lok Sabha seats, the Goa Assembly now has four seats vacant due to deaths of two legislators, including Manohar Parrikar and resignation of two others. The by-polls on the three seats are scheduled to take place on April 23.
BJP currently has 12 legislators and enjoys the support of legislators from GFP, MGP, and three independents. GFP and MGP each have three MLAs. Congress, on the other hand, has 15 MLAs in the house and is also short of the majority mark without external support. However, it had also, for the third time in two days staked claim to form a government in Goa.
(With agency inputs)