Pramod Sawant Wins Crucial Trust Vote In Goa Assembly

The Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant won the floor test in the state assembly on Wednesday.

BJP’s successor to the Manohar Parrikar, Dr. Pramod Sawant won by 20 votes (11 BJP, 3 Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, 3 Goa Forward Party, and 3 Independents) and 15 MLAs voted against the motion (14 Congress and 1 NCP) in the Goa assembly.

The 40 member assembly presently has a total strength of 36. The Chief Minister needed a majority of at least 19 votes to win.

Before today’s trust vote in the Goa assembly, the BJP put their MLAs in lockdown at a 5 star resort.

The BJP who had 12 MLAs allied with smaller parties, the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) to stake claim. After intense negotiations on Monday with BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, allies reached to an agreement.

An MLA each from the GFP and MGP were made deputy CMs.

Pramod Sawant took oath as the 11th Chief Minister of Goa at 2 am on Tuesday. Eleven other MLA’s took oath as part of the cabinet.

The Congress accused the Governor Mridula Sinha as an “agent of the BJP”.  The Congress party, who is the single largest party in Goa had also written to the Governor to form the government in Goa. However the Governor called the BJP.