BJP-led government in Goa to face floor test Wednesday

Vastavam web: The BJP-led government in Goa will face the floor test today, a day after it was formed. Governor Mridula Sinha has convened a special session of the Assembly at 11.30 am today to enable Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to prove his majority in the House, an official said. Sawant Tuesday said his government had sought a floor test on today to prove its strength in the Assembly.

The BJP-led government in the coastal state claims support of 21 MLAs – 12 from the BJP, three each of allies Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and three Independents. The Congress is the single largest party in the state with 14 MLAs. There is also an NCP legislator in the House.Sawant, 45, who was sworn in along with 11 other ministers in a ceremony in the wee hours Tuesday, succeeds Parrikar, who died Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer.

He said his priority was to complete projects undertaken by Parrikar. The state government will build a memorial in Parrikar’s name at Panaji’s Miramar beach, where he was cremated, he added. Sawant exuded confidence that the BJP-led alliance would remain intact, adding BJP’s allies are backing him. Sawant said ministers sworn along with would be allocated portfolios soon.

He expressed confidence that his government will complete its tenure. Sawant was sworn in as the new chief minister of Goa just before 2 am Tuesday, after hectic parleys between the saffron party and its allies to put a new government in place in the state. The governor also administered oath to 11 other ministers, including those from BJP’s allies MGP and the GFP.