Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant wins floor test

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Newly elected Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday won the floor test after 20 MLAs voted in his favour at a special session of the Goa Assembly.

20 MLAs voted for the motion – 11 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 3 Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), 3 Goa Forward Party (GFP) and 3 Independents. However, 15 MLAs voted against the motion – 14 Congress and 1 NCP in the Goa assembly.

The strength of the 40-member house was reduced to 36 after the death of Manohar Parrikar, BJP MLA Francis D’Souza and resignations of two Congress MLAs.

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha had convened the special session at 11.30 am on Wednesday.

The ruling BJP in the state had claimed that they had a majority in the 40-member House with the support of 21 MLAs -12 from the BJP, three each of ally partners GFP, MGP and three Independents.

Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that he was 100 per cent confident of winning the floor test.

Sawant, 45, was sworn in as the new chief minister of Goa around 2 am on Tuesday.