Pramod Sawant will continue as chief minister of Goa, the state BJP announced Monday after its legislature meet Monday evening. The meeting was attended by BJP central observers Narendra Singh Tomar and L Murugan and assembly poll in-charge Devendra Fadnavis.
We’ve submitted the letter of support by 25 MLAs – 20 BJP MLAs, 3 Independent MLAs & 2 MGP MLAs. Governor has given us permission to form Govt. We will announce the date of swearing-in ceremony soon after discussing it with the central leadership, Goa CM-designate Pramod Sawant was quoted as saying by ANI
The BJP, in power in Goa since 2012, is starting its third straight term in office.
The BJP under Sawant overcame anti-incumbency and resignations by some key figures, including Parrikar’s son Utpal , over ticket allocation, and put up its second best performance ever — winning 20 seats in the 40-member assembly in multi-cornered fights in the February 14 polls.
The 48-year-old politician is a three-time MLA from Sankhalim in North Goa. He was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly when the BJP formed its government under the leadership of Parrikar in 2017.
He was sworn in as the chief minister for the first time in March 2019 after the death of his mentor former Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.