New Goa CM seeks floor test tomorrow

Hours after being sworn in  Goa’s new Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, today, said his government has sought a floor test tomorrow to prove its strength in the Assembly.

The BJP-led government in the coastal state claims support of 21 MLAs – 12 from the BJP, three each of allies Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and three Independents.

The strength of the 40-member House has been reduced to 36 due to the death of chief minister Manohar Parrikar, BJP MLA Francis D’Souza and resignations of two Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte.

The Congress is the single largest party in the state with 14 MLAs. There is also an NCP legislator in the House.

The Chief Minister said that he has written to Governor Mridula Sinha, requesting her to hold the floor test Wednesday to prove his government’s strength.

The chief minister said his priority was to complete all the projects undertaken by Manohar Parrikar, who died on Sunday after battling cancer and was accorded a state funeral Monday.

Sawant said the state government will build a memorial in Parrikar’s name at Panaji’s Miramar beach, where he was cremated.

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