Pramod Sawant to be sworn in as Goa CM on March 28

Three-time MLA Sawant will continue as the chief minister of Goa for a second term
Goa Chief Minister designate Pramod Sawant

Goa Chief Minister designate Pramod Sawant

The swearing-in ceremony of Pramod Sawant as Goa's chief minister will be held on March 28. Prominent BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will attend the event.

"Sawant said the ceremony would be held at Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee stadium near here on March 28 at 11 am," Sawant told reporters on Tuesday.

"Prime Minister Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national president J P Nadda, Union minister Nitin Gadkari and chief ministers of seven BJP-ruled states would attend the ceremony," he said.

The BJP has already submitted a letter of support of 25 MLAs to Goa Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai, who has invited them to form the next government in the coastal state.

The 48-year-old politician is a three-time MLA from Sankhalim in North Goa. He was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly when the BJP formed its government under the leadership of Parrikar in 2017. He was sworn-in as the chief minister for the first time in March 2019 after the death of Parrikar.

Sawant, an Ayurveda medical practitioner, was at the helm when Goa faced the COVID-19 pandemic along with other parts of the country.

Three-time MLA Sawant will continue as the chief minister of Goa for a second term, the BJP had announced on Monday after he was unanimously elected the legislature party head.

The BJP, which won 20 seats in the 40-member Assembly, just one short of the majority mark of 21, has staked claim to form the new government for a third straight term with the support of two MLAs of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and three Independent legislators.

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