Next Goa chief minister to be sworn-in tonight at 11pm. Earlier, BJP president Amit Shah said his party is holding discussion with its allies in Goa to decide the new chief minister and will soon meet the governor to stake claim to form government.
The BJP president also met local party leaders in a star hotel here along with Union minister Nitin Gadkari. Pramod Sawant’s late night swearing-in ceremony is aimed at beating Goa governor Mridula Sinha’s midnight deadline to have a chief minister with a government in place.
Else she would have had to place the state assembly under suspended animation and recommend President’s rule. Sawant is now Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly. As per the power-sharing arrangement reached with allies, an MLA each from two small parties backing BJP in the coastal state will be made deputy chief minister.