Goa Speaker Dr Pramod Sawant took oath as the chief minister of Goa in a ceremony held at 2 am, Tuesday. Following the funeral of Manohar Parrikar on Monday evening, Dr Sawant of the Bharatiya Janata Party was named the chief minister based on the consensual decision of the allies.
Dr Sawant announced his appointment as the chief minister in a tweet.
I have taken charge as Chief Minister with utmost humility and sense of gratitude towards my idol and mentor Manoharbhai. However the state mourning continues and hence I appeal to all my… https://t.co/AuWIBouJxN
— Dr.Pramod Sawant (@DrPramodSawant2) March 18, 2019
The final decision of naming Dr Sawant as the chief minister came in after the allies came to a consensus. Although initially the swearing-in ceremony of the new Goa CM was scheduled to be held at 11 am, it was delayed owing to the lack of consensus from the allies regarding the new CM of the state.
Along with Dr Sawant, two other deputy chief ministers, Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party MLA Sudin Dhavalikar also swore-in last night.
Nine other ministers of the state cabinet were also sworn in at the late-night ceremony.
The nine other ministers are Manohar Azgaonkar, Rohan Khaunte, Govind Gaude, Vinod Palienkar, Jayesh Salgaonkar, Mauvin Godinho, Vishwajit Rane, Milind Naik and Nilesh Cabral.
Michael Lobo, currently the deputy speaker, will be the new speaker of Goa assembly till the election of a new speaker.
Post Parrikar’s funeral, a meeting was held in Panaji where Union minister Nitin Gadkari and BJP president Amit Shah were present among others. They met the legislators before the formal resolution was passed.
Dr Sawant is the 13th chief minister of the state and he represents the Sanquelim constituency in the Goa Legislative Assembly. He pursued Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery degree from the Ganga Education Society’s Ayurvedic Medical College, Kolhapur. He is also a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the Tilak Maharashtra University, Pune.
Manohar Parrikar, who was serving his fourth term as Goa chief minister passed away after fighting a prolonged battle against pancreatic cancer on Sunday evening. He was given a state funeral with full military honours on Monday evening at Miramar beach.