Speaker Pramod Sawant is BJP choice for Goa Chief Minister


Moving swiftly to snuff out Congress attempts to wrest power in Goa following the death of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the BJP Monday decided on Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant as the new Chief Minister of the state. Party sources indicated that Sawant could be sworn in Monday night and would have two allies as Deputy Chief Ministers Sources said Dhavalikar was still to give his letter of support for Sawant as Chief Minister. Around the time most in Goa were heading to Miramar beach for Parrikar An Ayurvedic teacher, Sawant is a second-term MLA. His critics say his biggest advantage is the fact that he keeps to himself and gets work done without much fanfare, a style which brought him to Parrikar An RSS member since his childhood in Kotambi village, and later a Yuva BJP leader, Sawant is seen as the When his health deteriorated, it was Parrikar who asked Sawant to do all state duties, including hoisting the flag on national days. And for most part of Sunday, Sawant The delay in announcement, sources said, was not over the party choice, but because of the chaos on the portfolios and shaping the Parrikar The current numbers in the Assembly do not appear to favour either party. The House strength is down to 36 In this, the Congress has the largest chunk of 14 MLAs; the MGP and Goa Forward Party have 3 MLAs each, the NCP has 1 MLA, and there are three Independents. That leaves the BJP with 12 MLAs; however, one of them, Pandurang Madkaikar is in hospital and is unlikely to be able to come to the Assembly for a possible vote. This is the reason the Congress has been saying it has 14 MLAs to the BJP Sawant has only a casting vote.

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