After the untimely demise of the former defence minister and ex-Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on March 17 due to a prolonged illness of pancreatic cancer, Speaker Pramod Sawant was chosen by the top cadres of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as the next Goa CM after the cremation ceremony of the former Goa CM on March 18.
The 45-year old Pramod Sawant was sworn-in as the Goa Chief Minister around 1.30 AM on March 19 at the Raj Bhavan in Panaji, Goa.
Sawant after the oath ceremony said, “Parrikar is not among us now and the responsibility has been given collectively to me by my party, alliance partners and independent MLAs. This is a big responsibility. Manohar Parrikar was a visionary leader and he had carried out a great body of work for the state.”
Sawant further said on Parrikar, “He did a lot of work for the youth, people and in the social sector through the schemes we conceived.” Sawant stressed on “human and infrastructure development.”
Swant voiced, “Whatever time is needed I will give for Goa. I and my associates will work on the principle of ‘Antodaya’, to reach out to the last person in the society.”
The two allies of the BJP – Maharashtra Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP) leaders were sworn-in as the deputy CM.
Sudin Dhavilkar of MGP and Vijay Sardesai of GFP were sworn-in as ministers along with new Goa CM Pramod Sawant.