Pramod Sawant has been named new Goa CM, succeeding four-time state CM Manohar Parrikar, who breathed his last on Sunday (March 17).
Sawant sworn in as Goa CM at 2 am today, after a long party meeting throughout the day (yesterday).
The new Chief Minister will be aided by two deputies’ likely Goa Forward Party Chief Vijai Sardesai and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak party MLA Sudin Dhavalikar, from two small parties supporting BJP in the coastal state.
Apart from the CM and his two deputies, nine other ministers of the state cabinet were also sworn in at the late-night ceremony.
The nine other ministers are Manohar Azgaonkar, Rohan Khaunte, Govind Gaude, Vinod Palienkar, Jayesh Salgaonkar, Mauvin Godinho, Vishwajit Rane, Milind Naik and Nilesh Cabral.
Michael Lobo, currently the deputy speaker, will be speaker till a new one is elected.
Things you should know about Sawant
Sawant, two-time MLA from the Sankhalim from North Goa was speaker of the State Assembly and is a devoted RSS worker.
Sawant began his political career in BJP as a youth leader and is known for his hard working nature within the party and has been a close aid of the late Manohar Parrikar.
Sawant won the 2012 and 2017 Assembly election from Sankhalim, which is believed to a congress strong-hold region.
He was among the few BJP MLAs who got re-elected in their constituencies during the state polls two years ago(2017), when the party had won only 13 seats as compared to 21 in 2012.
He is a former chairman of the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation, a special purpose vehicle set up by Parrikar to take up various infrastructure works in the coastal state.
Sawant holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery from Ganga Education Society’s Ayurvedic College in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. He has completed his Masters in Social Welfare from the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, a deemed university in Pune.
His wife Sulakshana heads the BJP Mahila Morcha in Goa and his daughter studies in class 6.
While BJP members are satisfied to see Sawant as new Goa CM, Congress on the other hand is disappointed by the state governor Mridula Sinha for not allowing the grand old party to form the government in Goa.
The Goa Congress slammed Governor Mridula Sinha for giving the BJP a chance to form the government, and called her an “agent of the BJP”.
“We’re strongly condemning undemocratic action of Goa Governor Mridula Sinha for not allowing our single largest party to form the government and allowing BJP to carry on horse trading despite BJP not having sufficient numbers to form the government,” Congress’s Sunil Kawthankar said.
Kawthankar said the day will be remembered as “darkest day in Indian democracy.” “The state is without legitimate government despite Congress party being the single largest and staking its claim,” he added.