Panaji: The suspense over the name of the next Chief Minister in Goa ended on Monday, March 21, evening after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced that Dr Pramod Sawant will get another term in the office.
“Vishwajit Rane proposed the name of Pramod Sawant as the Leader of the Legislative Party. Everyone unanimously elected Sawant as the Leader. He will be the Leader of the Legislative Party for the next 5 years,” said Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister and BJP’s central observer for Goa.
The announcement was made after a crucial meeting of the BJP to elect a new Goa chief minister in Panaji this evening, 11 days after the ruling party emerged as the single largest political formation bagging 20 seats in the just held Assembly polls.
“I want to thank PM Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to have given me the opportunity to work as the CM of Goa for next 5 years. I am glad that the people of Goa have accepted me. I’ll do everything possible to work for development of the state,” Sawant said after getting elected.
Sawant, who became the Chief Minister after the death of Manohar Parrikar in 2019, pipped BJP MLA and former Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, and Himachal Pradesh Governor Rajendra Arlekar, who hails from Goa, to get the top post for a second straight term in the coastal state.