Pramod Sawant, the Goa Assembly’s 45-year-old Speaker, will be the coastal state’s next Chief Minister. IT was decided this evening after hectic consultations with alliance partners. Sawant was elected leader of the BJP legislature party at a meeting in the presence of party boss Amit Shah and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
Besides a full-fledged Chief Minister, the ruling party could appoint Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai and MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar as the Deputy Chief Ministers of the coastal state. The swearing-in ceremony of new Chief Minister and his deputies will take place tonight at the Raj Bhavan.
The ruling BJP in Goa that has been struggling to arrive at a consensus over Manohar Parrikar’s successor on Monday after the 63-year-old died last evening at his Panaji house. Pramod Sawant, had emerged as a frontrunner to succeed Parrikar after BJP MLAs demanded that the next chief minister should be from among them and not from the alliance partners.
With the BJP senior leadership including then Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Minister Rajendra Arlekar losing the 2017 assembly polls, Speaker Pramod Sawant is the only remaining ‘full-blooded’ BJP leader in the Assembly.