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Pramod Sawant Takes Oath as Goa Chief Minister for 2nd Consecutive Term
The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Taleigao in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top brass of BJP including BJP President JP Nadda and Chief Ministers of at least eight states.
Panaji: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Pramod Sawant on Monday took oath as Goa’s Chief Minister for the second consecutive term. Sawant was administered oath of office and secrecy by Goa Governor P.S. Sreedharan Pillai. The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Taleigao in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top brass of BJP including BJP President JP Nadda, Haryana CM ML Khattar, Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. More than 2,000 police personnel were deployed at the venue for security.
Vishwajeet Rane, Mauvin Godinho, Ravi Naik, Nilesh Cabral, Subhash Shirodkar, Rohan Khaunte, Atanasio Monserrate, and Govind Gaude are set to take oath as Ministers along with Sawant today. The list includes three fresh faces — Ravi Naik, Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate, and Subhash Siralkar. Among the Ministers who are being retained in the Cabinet are Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho, Law and Judiciary Minister Nilesh Cabral among others.
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In the recently concluded state Assembly polls, the BJP emerged as the single largest party in Goa, winning 20 seats in the 40-member state Assembly and reducing Congress to 11 seats. The BJP fell one seat short of the majority figure in Goa but is set to retain power in the state with the help of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and independent candidates.
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