Goa CM Pramod Sawant Wins Floor Test as 20 MLAs Vote in Favour
Goa CM Manohar Parrikar passed away on Sunday, 17 March, after battling pancreatic cancer for a year
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant won the floor test after 20 MLAs voted in his favour in the state Assembly on Wednesday, 20 March. The Congress-led Opposition managed to gather only 15 votes.
The party claimed support of 21 legislators – 12 from the BJP and three each from the allies Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), three Independents. The Goa State Assembly is a 40-member House, but has been reduced to 36, after the death of two lawmakers and the resignation of two Congress lawmakers.
Following Goa CM Manohar Parrikar's demise on Sunday, Legislative Assembly Speaker Sawant was sworn in as his successor in the early hours of Tuesday. His elevation to the top post in the coastal state followed hectic parleys between the BJP and its alliance partners.
- Pramod Sawant, a Manohar Parrikar loyalist, was sworn-in as the new Goa CM early on Tuesday, 19 March
- Sawant, a two-time MLA from Sankhalim in North Goa, is a dedicated RSS worker
- BJP leaders, including Nitin Gadkari, had reached the Raj Bhavan late on Monday to stake claim to form the government in Goa
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Condolence Motion Over Parrikar's Demise
BJP leader and Goa Minister Mauvin Godinho, moving a condolence motion over Manohar Parrikar's demise said that the former chief minister was the state's pride. He added that every Goan should try and get close to what Parrikar stood for.
"Manohar Parrikar's vision was to build a modern Goa. His vision was to improve the quality of lives of Goans. He worked until his last breath for the welfare of Goa," said Godinho.
Have 100% Confidence That We'll Win: Goa CM
“We have 100 percent confidence that we will win,” said Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant ahead of floor test.
BJP MLAs Moved to 5-Star Hotel Ahead of Trust Vote
The BJP has moved its Goa lawmakers to a five-star hotel ahead of the trust vote, reported NDTV, quoting sources.
he party claims support of 21 legislators – 12 from the BJP and three each from the allies Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), three Independents. The Goa State Assembly is a 40-member House, but has been reduced to 36, after the death of two lawmakers and the resignation of two Congress lawmakers.
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