The political uncertainty in Goa was finally settled as BJP MLA Pramod Sawant was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Goa just before 2am on Tuesday. Thereby capping a day of hectic parleys between the saffron party and its allies to put a new government in place in the state.
Sawant , succeeds Manohar Parrikar, who passed away on Sunday following a prolonged illness. BJP’s allies too played hard ball and bagged two deputy Chief Minister’s posts – Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party MLA Sudin Dhavalikar
Goa Governor Mridula Sinha administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 46-year-old Sawant. He represents Sankhalim constituency in Goa Assembly.
The Governor also administered the oath to 11 other ministers, including those from BJP’s allies Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Forward Party (GFP).
All the ministers who were part of erstwhile Manohar Parrikar-led Cabinet were sworn in by the Governor. MGP’s two MLAs Sudin Dhavalikar and Manohar Ajgaonkar were sworn-in, while GFP MLAs Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palekar and Jayesh Salgaonkar also took the oath.