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Pramod Sawant takes charge as Goa CM, floor test to prove majority of his cabinet likely tomorrow

Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 19, 2019, 02.28 PM (IST)

Bharatiya Janata Party's Pramod Sawant took charge as Goa's 11th Chief Minister on Tuesday. Sawant announced that a floor test will be conducted on Wednesday to prove the majority of BJP-led coalition government. 

Sawant also stated that there will two deputy chief ministers in his government, namely - Vijay Sardesai and Sudin Dhavalikar. 

The new Goa CM requested party workers and wellwishers to not congratulate him or welcome him with flowers and bouquets during the 7-day mourning period marking former Goa CM Manohar Parrikar's demise

Sawant took oath as Goa's chief minister in the wee hours of Tuesday. Shortly after the taking charge, he remembered Parrikar, stating that his political career is "all due to Parrikar".  

Sawant's swearing-in early Tuesday capped a hectic day of parleying between the BJP and its allies after former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar died Sunday. He was cremated on Monday evening, and Sawant was sworn in a few hours later. 

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The two deputy chief ministerships were how the deadlock was broken — Dhavalikar and Sardesai had both staked a claim to the chief ministership. 

The new government was sworn in with the support of 20 MLAs, including 11 from the BJP and three each from GFP, MGP and Independents.

All the MLAs supporting the coalition were present at the swearing-in ceremony.

Before taking oath as chief minister, Sawant resigned from the Speaker's post.