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Resort Politics Returns: Goa BJP MLAs moved to 5-star hotel ahead of floor test today

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 20 March 2019, 10:14 IST
CM Pramod Sawant

The resort politics has made a u-turn as BJP MLAs are being moved to 5-star hotel ahead of the floor test scheduled for today in Goa Assembly.

New Goa CM Pramod Sawant, who took oath at 2am on Monday after the tragic demise of former CM Manohar Parrikar, will face the floor test in the Assembly as the political deadlock had led Congress to stake claim to form the government.


In the 40 member Assembly, the strength was reduced to 36 after the demise of two MLAs and the resignation of two Congress lawmakers. Hence, now the majority mark has dropped down to 19. The BJP, in alliance with Goa Forward Party and MGP and with the support of independent MLAs, is trying to forge the government.

The political vacuum in Goa was sorted out only after the intervention of BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, although eh Congress had submitted a letter to the Governor Mridula Sinha to form the government.

With two deputy CM from the alliance partners, the Goa Forward Party and MGP agreed upon Pramod Sawant’s name.

Newly inducted deputy CM Vijay Sardesai said in a statement that “We, being in the government, want this government to survive, but I must say this is a new beginning. You can never say how the future will go.”

He further added, “Parrikar was a moderniser and lit the torch of inclusive development many years ago in Goa. Goa is not like the rest of India. We have a unique identity and a cosmopolitan mixed population and it has to be inclusive development. Nothing else can survive here.”

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First published: 20 March 2019, 10:14 IST
 
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