Panaji, March 18 : Goa Assembly speaker Pramod Sawant to take oath as next CM of the state. Vijai Sardesai (Goa Forward Party) and Sudin Dhavalikar (Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party) will also take oath as deputy CMs.
Sawant, who will be the 11th Chief Minister of the coastal state, will succeed his mentor Manohar Parrikar, who died on Sunday after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. The last rites of Parrikar were held on Monday evening with full state honours.
“The BJP had finalised Sawant’s candidature last night. But we only managed to convince alliance partners today (Monday) evening in the presence of our national President Amit Shah and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. He will be sworn in as Chief Minister later today,” said the BJP leader who did not want to be identified.