Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant won the floor test on Wednesday. Twenty MLAs voted in his favour in the state Assembly. Sawant was confident of winning the floor test. Earlier in the day, he had said, “We have 100 per cent confidence that we will win.”
Sawant had exuded confidence saying the party’s allies are backing him. “I will try to ensure that the alliance remains intact. I will deal with people the way Parrikar used to,” he had stated, expressing confidence that his government will complete its tenure. He had also informed that ministers sworn along with him would be allocated portfolios soon.
The newly appointed CM had taken charge on Tuesday and was sworn in as the CM after Manohar Parrikar passed away on Sunday. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy along with 11 other ministers including two Deputy CMs.
Sawant asserted that his priority was to complete projects undertaken by his mentor Manohar Parrikar. “The state government will build a memorial in Parrikar’s name at Panaji’s Miramar beach, where he was cremated,” he added.
The government claimed majority with the support of 20 MLAs–11 from the BJP, three each of allies Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and three Independents.
The Congress, which is the single largest party in the state with 14 MLAs, had also staked claim to form the government but couldn’t.
The Congress in Goa had then slammed Governor Mridula Sinha and called her an agent of the BJP for giving the saffron party a chance to form the government in the state. “We’re strongly condemning undemocratic action of Goa Governor Mridula Sinha for not allowing our single largest party to form the government and allowing BJP to carry on horse trading despite BJP not having sufficient numbers to form the government,” Congress’s Sunil Kawthankar had said.