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Pramod Sawant takes oath as Goa CM at 2 am ceremony, two allies get deputy CM post

By Anuj Cariappa

Panaji, Mar 19: Pramod Sawant took the oath as the new chief minister of Goa at a 2 AM ceremony today. Sawant succeeds Manohar Parrikar who died on Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer for a year.

The new government has two deputy chief ministers, Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party MLA Sudin Dhavalikar, from the two small parties backing BJP in the coastal state.

Pramod Sawant

Parrikar was cremated with full state honours in presence of family, top leaders and thousands of followers at Miramar beach on Monday.

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1:58 AM, 19 Mar
Pramod Sawant takes oath as the new Chief Minister of the state, at the Raj Bhavan.
12:59 AM, 19 Mar
Party has given me a huge responsibility, I will try my best to carry it out in the best possible manner. Whatever I am today is all due to Manohar Parrikar. It was he who brought me to politics, I became the Speaker and the CM today, due to him, says CM designate Pramod Sawant.
12:54 AM, 19 Mar
BJP has got the letter of support from GFP, MGP and independents.
12:40 AM, 19 Mar
BJP and allies are in the Goa Raj Bhavan. Nitin Gadkari is reportedly overseeing the latest developments on location.
12:33 AM, 19 Mar
Guv is acting as agent of BJP. It'll be remembered as darkest day in Indian democracy where there's vacuum in govt for over 24 hrs of declaration of CM's death, says Goa Congress leader Sunil Kawthankar.
12:26 AM, 19 Mar
We're strongly condemning undemocratic action of Goa Governor Mridula Sinha for not allowing our single largest party to form the govt and allowing BJP to carry on horse trading despite BJP not having sufficient numbers to form the govt, says Congress.
12:15 AM, 19 Mar
All of us are going to meet the Governor. We will hand over the letter of our majority to the Governor, says Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
11:45 PM, 18 Mar
Some of those who attended the meeting recalled that in 2017, Parrikar addressed the 55th convocation of the Mumbai-based institute where he told the graduates to take up jobs in social and development sectors.
11:44 PM, 18 Mar
The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) Monday held a condolence meet to pay tributes to its alumnus, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar. The meeting was held at the institute's PC Saxena​ auditorium, an IIT-B spokesperson said.
11:44 PM, 18 Mar
NCP leader Jitendra Awhad said, "Manohar Parrikar was a very educated and well read person. I think after Rafale deal he did not feel right so he decided to go back to Goa. He was sad. I should not say this as he is not here today, but I feel he is the first victim of the Rafale deal"
11:33 PM, 18 Mar
Vijai Sardesai of Goa Forward Party says he hasn’t given his letter of support to BJP. Gates of Raj Bhavan remain shut even as karyakartas arrive in huge numbers.
11:32 PM, 18 Mar
Preparations are on at the Raj Bhawan for the swearing in ceremony of the next Goa chief minister, which was expected to be held soon.
9:36 PM, 18 Mar
Pramod Sawant will swear-in as the new Chief Minister of Goa tonight. MGP's Sudin Dhawlikar and GFP's Vijai Sardesai will swear-in as the deputy chief ministers.
9:30 PM, 18 Mar
Swearing in ceremony of the next Chief Minister to be held at 11 pm today, reports ANI.
9:24 PM, 18 Mar
BJP president Amit Shah said that discussions are still ongoing regarding selection of the next chief minister of Goa. Union minister Nitin Gadkari will have more consultations with allies and a consensus will be reached soon, Shah added.
7:19 PM, 18 Mar
Goa Assembly speaker Pramod Sawant is set to be the next chief minister of the coastal state after Manohar Parrikar's death on Sunday.
6:55 PM, 18 Mar
On reports that Goa Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant to be next Goa chief minister, Goa BJP chief said, "This way, even my name is being brought up in reports. Names will keep coming. Now the leaders with sit and decide. I am sure the final decision will be made today."
6:54 PM, 18 Mar
BJP chief Amit Shah, Union minister Nitin Gadkari have arrived at a hotel in Panaji to hold meeting with Goa BJP MLAs, including Speaker Pramod Sawant.
6:32 PM, 18 Mar
Union minister Nitin Gadkari Monday evening said a consensus eluded the BJP and its allies on the next Goa chief minister following the death of Manohar Parrikar.
5:49 PM, 18 Mar
Last rites of Manohar Parrikar performed with full state honours
5:31 PM, 18 Mar
BJP President Amit Shah arrives to pay his last respects.
5:29 PM, 18 Mar
Huge crowd at Miramar beach; according to reports, section of people creating ruckus on being denied entry to the venue.
5:22 PM, 18 Mar
Thousands of people have gathered for Manohar Parrikar's funeral. Parrikar's funeral will be conducted at Miramar beach.
5:17 PM, 18 Mar
Parrikar's mortal remains have reached Miramar beach. Last rites currently taking place in presence of family, top leaders and thousands of followers, said reports.
5:16 PM, 18 Mar
“He personified humility, simplicity and compassion. The good work he has done will be remembered for years to come,” Modi tweeted on Parrikar.
4:01 PM, 18 Mar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who passed away battling pancreatic ailment
3:38 PM, 18 Mar
An artist from Amroha, Mohammad Zuhaib, pays his last respects to late Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar by making a charcoal portrait.
3:18 PM, 18 Mar
Manohar Parrikar's body to be taken to SAG grounds, Miramar for final funeral rites
3:14 PM, 18 Mar
Naval Band to play King Saul's Dead March at the funeral of chief minister and former Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar
3:13 PM, 18 Mar
The Haryana government declared a one-day state mourning on Monday as a mark of respect to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who died of pancreatic cancer on Sunday. "The State government has decided to observe a one-day state mourning as a mark of respect to the departed dignitary. The national flag will fly at half-mast on March 18," an order issued by Haryana Chief Secretary's office said.

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