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Pramod Sawant sworn in as Goa CM

Manohar Parrikar death: Pramod Sawant is seen as someone who had “ear of the chief minister”, and someone who was groomed by Parrikar himself

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Goa Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant is set to be the next chief minister.

Goa Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant sworn in as the new chief minister late on Monday. Finalising Sawant’s name, Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari had earlier said that the party had decided on the next chief minister, and also held talks with the alliance partners. “I am in Goa till 6 pm and it would be better if we zero down to the consensus before that. BJP Goa has decided who should be their leader; the issue is only with alliance partners,” Gadkari had said.

Sawant and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane had emerged as frontrunners for Goa CM’s post. While Sawant is known to be from the cadre and is seen as someone who had “ear of the chief minister”, reports earlier suggested that Rane enjoys the support of Goa Forward Party and independent MLAs.

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After Manohar Parrikar's death, Pramod Sawant took oath as the new chief minister of Goa. Highlights

Pramod Sawant is new Goa CM

Pramod Sawant took the oath as the new chief minister of Goa. Sawant succeeds Manohar Parrikarwho died on Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer for a year.

Pramod Sawant to be Goa CM, swearing-in at 11 pm

Goa Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant will be the next Goa CM. Sawant is on his way to Raj Bhavan. The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to take place at 11 pm.

Gadkari holding talks with others on new CM, announcement to be made soon: Amit Shah

Briefing reporters on who will be the next Goa CM, BJP chief Amit Shah said, "In Goa, Manohar Parrikar is no more. The process for a new government will start. The BJP's senior leaders and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is here and is holding talks with leaders from our two coalition parties and independent MLAs. In a short while from now, the decision on Goa's new CM will be finalised. And like earlier, like the Parrikar government, the new BJP government will serve the people of Goa. After speaking to leaders of all parties, Nitin Gadkari will clear the path for the formation of a new government following which they will go to meet the governor to stake claim." 

Manohar Parrikar laid to rest with state honours

Parrikar, 63, who died Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer, was cremated with state honours this evening. He was accorded state funeral with full military honours at Miramar in the presence of his family members, several politicians, including BJP president Amit Shah, and thousands of commoners who trickled in to have a final glimpse of the leader. Parrikar was heading a coalition government comprising the BJP, three MLAs each of the Goa Forward Party (GFP), the MGP and three independents.

Congress meets Governor to stake claim

The Congress, meanwhile, reached Raj Bhavan to stake the claim. Claiming that the Congress is the “single-largest party” in Goa, the party asked Governor Mridula Sinha to “dismiss the ruling BJP.” “We do not have an appointment, because she is refusing to give us time. But despite that, we have arrived here to meet the Governor to stake our claim. It is our right as a single largest party in the Goa assembly,” Goa Congress chief Chandrakant Kavlekar said. The party later met the Governor and submitted a letter to her.

Nitin Gadkari holds talks with BJP leaders, alliance partners in Goa

After the overnight meeting to find the fresh face in Goa reached a deadlock, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari began round two of talks with BJP leaders and alliance partner Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) to discuss Parrikar’s successor in Goa. After the meeting, Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said, “The decision on a chief ministerial candidate is yet to be taken. But the picture will be clear by 2 pm.” He also added that the new chief minister would be sworn in after 3 pm today. While Rane attended the meeting with Gadkari, Sawant was not present in it, reported PTI.

Sawant, Vishwajit Rane frontrunners for Goa CM's post

Sawant and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane had emerged as frontrunners for Goa CM’s post. While Sawant is known to be from the cadre and is seen as someone who had “ear of the chief minister”, reports earlier suggested that Rane enjoys the support of Goa Forward Party and independent MLAs.

Vijai Sardesai, Sudin Dhavalikar to be Deputy CMs

The two would-be Dy CMs are Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai and MGP MLA Sudin Dhavalikar. "We have managed to convince the alliance partners and finalised the formula of two deputy chief ministers for the state," a senior BJP functionary was quoted as saying by PTI.

Goa Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant set to be next CM

Breaking the deadlock over who should fill the shoes of Manohar Parrikar, the BJP in Goa has decided to name state assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant as the next chief minister. Two MLAs from the BJP alliance partners will be made deputy chief ministers as part of the compromise reached with allies, sources told news agency PTI.

After the overnight meeting to find the fresh face in Goa reached a deadlock, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari began round two of talks with BJP leaders and alliance partner Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) to discuss Manohar Parrikar’s successor in Goa. After the meeting, Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said, “The decision on a chief ministerial candidate is yet to be taken. But the picture will be clear by 2 pm.” He also added that the new chief minister would be sworn in after 3 pm today. While Rane attended the meeting with Gadkari, Sawant was not present in it, reported PTI.

The Congress, meanwhile, reached Raj Bhavan to stake the claim. Claiming that the Congress is the “single-largest party” in Goa, the party asked Governor Mridula Sinha to “dismiss the ruling BJP.” “We do not have an appointment, because she is refusing to give us time. But despite that, we have arrived here to meet the Governor to stake our claim. It is our right as a single largest party in the Goa assembly,” Goa Congress chief Chandrakant Kavlekar said. The party later met the Governor and submitted a letter to her.

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