New Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant wins floor test

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 20, 2019, 01.09 PM(IST)

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. Photograph:( WION )

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Twenty MLAs in the 40-member house voted in his favour. 

The new Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has won his floor test. Twenty votes were cast in Sawant's favour, and 15 against. 

Sawant was sworn in as chief minister a day after former chief minister Manohar Parrikar died on Sunday. Parrikar had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. 

Sawant was sworn in as CM at 1.50 am Tuesday morning. "I will not be able to work as much as Manohar Parrikar ji but I will definitely try to work as much as possible," Sawant said shortly after taking office.

He added that it was Parrikar who had brought him into politics. 

Sawant had been scheduled to be sworn in at 11 pm on Monday, a few hours after Parrikar's cremation, but there had been hectic parleying between the BJP and its allies, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and the Goa Forward Party, till the last minute. 

Both Sudhin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party had laid claim to the chief ministership. They were both finally made deputy chief ministers, unprecedented in the tiny state.  

It was reported that BJP president Amit Shah had to step in to break the deadlock. Nitin Gadkari had been leading the discussions. 

After Sawant took office, he said his aim would be to provide "stability and move ahead together with all allies".

He added that "it'll be my responsibility to complete the incomplete works." 

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Sawant used to be Speaker of the Goa assembly before being promoted to chief minister.