“Whatever I am today is all due to him”, says CM Sawant announcing a floor test to prove party’s strength..!

Hours after being sworn in as Goa’s new Chief Minister, Dr Pramod Sawant said that his government has sought a floor test on Wednesday to prove its strength in the Assembly. “Whatever I am today is all due to Manohar Parrikar. It was he who brought me to politics. I became the Speaker and the CM today, due to him”, he said while stepping into the responsible shoes.

“We have written to Governor Mridula Sinha, requesting her to hold the floor test Wednesday to prove our strength. We are ready for the floor test,” said CM Sawant to the reporters after assuming office.

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Further he said his priority was to complete all the projects undertaken by Parrikar, who died on Sunday after battling cancer and was accorded a state funeral Monday.”The state government will build a memorial in Parrikar’s name at Panaji’s Miramar beach, where he was cremated”, he informed meanwhile.

“The strength of the 40 member House has been reduced to 36, following the sad demise of Manohar Parrikar including BJP MLA Francis D’Souza and resignations of two Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte”, read the statement.

Sawant was sworn in as the new chief minister of Goa just before 2 am Tuesday, after hectic parleys between the saffron party and its allies to put a new government in place in the state. The governor also administered oath to 11 other ministers, including those from BJP’s allies Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and the Goa Forward Party.


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