New Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to face floor test today

Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 20, 2019, 08.38 AM (IST)

A day after Bhartiya Janata Party's Pramod Sawant took charge as the new chief minister of Goa following the demise of Manohar Parrikar, the new CM is all set to prove the majority of his government in the floor test scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

The test will be conducted at a special session called by Governor Mridula Sinha in the Assembly at 11:30 am

The BJP-led government in the coastal state claims support of 21 MLAs - 12 from the BJP, three each of allies Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and three Independents.

The strength of the 40-member House has been reduced to 36 due to the death of chief minister Manohar Parrikar, BJP MLA Francis D'Souza and resignations of two Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte.

Congress is the single largest party in the state with 14 MLAs. There is also an NCP legislator in the House.

Sawant took oath as the new chief minister of the state in the wee hours of Tuesday, hours after the cremation of former chief minister Manohar Parrikar who died Sunday after a long battle with Cancer.

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.

(With inputs from PTI)

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The oath-taking ceremony will be held in a special session called by Governor Mridula Sinha in the Assembly at 11:30 am