New Delhi: Goa Assembly Speaker and BJP leader Pramod Sawant sworned in as the chief minister of the state at 2 am on Tuesday, after a political situation arose following the demise of Manohar Parrikar.
Here’s all you need to know about the new Chief Minister of Goa
Pramod Sawant who was born on 24 April 1973 to Pandurang and Padmini Sawant, earned his Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery degree from the Ganga Education Society’s Ayurvedic Medical College in Kolhapur following which, he pursued a postgraduate degree of Master of Social Work from the Tilak Maharashtra University at Pune.
Sawant’s wife Sulakshana is a chemistry teacher of at the Shri Shantadurga Higher Secondary School, Bicholim. Sulakshana Sawant is also a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party and currently head the Goa unit of the BJP Mahila Morcha.
Sawant’s name for the position was announced this evening, after long hours of negotiations by the BJP and their allies in the state Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward Party in the wake of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s demise on Sunday.
The current strength of the Goa assembly is 36 instead of the total seats of 40 due to the deaths of Parrikar and another BJP leader Francis D’Souza, while two others resigned from the post.
The Congress is the single-largest party with 14 seats, the BJP stands at 13 with the support of many smaller parties.
In his last days, Manohar Parrikar worked to the best of his abilities and even presented the state budget while he was still battling with cancer and had tubes attached to his mouth. Parrikar was dealing with advanced pancreatic cancer and was 63 years old.
Due to the coming Lok Sabha elections, Manohar Parrikar even attended political events and addressed party workers and remained in the public domain. Manohar Parrikar was juggling in and out of the hospital over the past few months. Parrikar also visited the US for treatment earlier.