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Dr. Sawant Took Oath as Goa CM PM Wishes him, Says Journey Begins

Dr. Sawant Took Oath as Goa CM: PM Wishes him, Says “Journey Begins”

A minute after the national anthem was played in Goa’s Raj Bhavan, Dr. Pramod Sawant took oath as its Chief Minister at 1.48 AM. After former CM Manohar Parrikar’s final rites were conducted with full state honors, the 45-year-old MLA from Sanquelim constituency took charge of the office.

Along with Dr. Pramod Sawant, 11 other MLAs who were part of the Mr. Parrikar-led cabinet were also sworn in as ministers at a much-delayed swearing-in ceremony. Sudin Dhavalikar and Manohar Ajgaonkar of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Govind Gawde and Rohan Khaunte (both independents) and Vijai Sardesai of Goa Forward party (GFP) took their oaths as Cabinet Ministers. This oath ceremony was about to take place at 11 pm at Raj Bhavan but was delayed due to inexplicable reasons.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and congratulated Pramod Sawant by wishing him and his team.

He wrote,

“Best wishes to Dr. Pramod Sawant and his team as they begin their journey towards fulfilling the dreams of the people of Goa. I am sure they will build on the work done in the last few years and boost Goa’s growth trajectory.”

Few minutes after taking the oath, Pramod Sawant told reporters that he would try his best to meet expectations. He said,

“I don’t know if I will be able to fill in the shoes of Manohar Parrikar, he was a very tall leader …It is a very big responsibility that the party has given me. I will try my best to fulfill it. I am what I am today because of him.”

Also, BJP President Amit Shah took to Twitter and congratulated Dr. Sawant,

“Greetings to the newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Goa, Dr. Pramod Sawant and his team. I am sure that this new leadership will continue to serve the people of Goa with the same dedication and commitment. My best wishes.”

Apart from BJP, Congress had also reached Raj Bhavan to stake the claim. Moreover, the Congress party asked Governor Mridula Sinha to “dismiss the ruling BJP” claiming that the Congress is the “single-largest party” in Goa.

Due to the deaths of Parrikar on Sunday and Francis D’Souza in February and with two Congress members resignations, the Goa Assembly strength is down to 36 MLAs. The BJP has 12 MLAs, Congress has 14 MLAs, the NCP one, the MGP and Goa Forward Party three each, and three are Independents.

Dr. Sawant who is a two-time MLA representing Sanquelim constituency is among the few leaders in the BJP who are groomed by Parrikar. Sawant is a young leader who quickly grew through the ranks of the party beginning as a karyakarta. And, more importantly, he is the only leader in the party right now who has no political baggage but the backing of the RSS.

Former Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly BJP MLA Sawant is an Ayurvedic medical practitioner, and his wife Sulakshana Sawant is the President of Goa Mahila Morcha.

Goa CM Passes Away PM Shows Condolences with a Series of Tweets

Goa CM Passes Away: PM Shows Condolences with a Series of Tweets

On Sunday, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar died after battling pancreatic cancer for two years.

On Friday night, the Chief Minister’s health took a turn for the worse. But his office said the next day that he was in a stable condition. However, various reports on Sunday claimed that Parrikar’s health was worsening and that the Bharatiya Janata Party was making arrangements for a successor.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind showed their condolences over the death of Goa Chief Minister and also remembered him for his impeccable service to the nation.

Not only PM Modi showed his condolence but also penned a series of tweets, praising his dedication towards his work as well as his leadership.

At first, PM Modi declared him a true patriot and tweeted,

“Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader.

A true patriot and exceptional administrator, he was admired by all. His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations.

Deeply saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters.

Om Shanti.”

He further praised his work in Goa state and tweeted,

“Shri Manohar Parrikar was the builder of modern Goa. Thanks to his affable personality and accessible nature, he remained the preferred leader of the state for years. His pro-people policies ensured Goa scales remarkable heights of progress.”

Then he wrote,

“India will be eternally grateful to Shri Manohar Parrikar for his tenure as our Defence Minister. When he was RM, India witnessed a series of decisions that enhanced India’s security capacities, boosted indigenous defence production and bettered the lives of ex-servicemen.”

Also, President of India, Ram Nath Kovind called him an epitome of integrity and tweeted:

“Extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, after an illness borne with fortitude and dignity. An epitome of integrity and dedication in public life, his service to the people of Goa and of India will not be forgotten #PresidentKovind”

Further, Arun Jaitley, Union Finance Minister stated that Goa CM Parrikar was an honest person and always led by example in his public life. He wrote,

“Deeply saddened and pained by the demise of my dear friend & Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar. He was known for his honesty, integrity and simplicity. He served the nation and the state of Goa with great diligence. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family.”

Meanwhile, Smriti Irani, Union Minister called Parrikar a “leader, a mentor, a friend” and wrote,

“A leader, a mentor, a friend- Parrikar Sir meant all that & more to my family. But then every Goan can say the same for that was the persona of Manohar Parrikar. He taught me dignity in the face of adversity, loyalty in tough times & perseverance so that determined goals are met.”

She continued writing,

“Manohar Parrikar leaves behind many admirers, many who looked upon him as an idol. My condolences to his loved ones, colleagues & supporters. Om Shanti 🙏🏼”

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah also showed his condolences and wrote,

“Manohar Parrikar ji’s demise is extremely painful. In him, the nation has lost a true patriot who selflessely dedicated his entire life to the country and ideology. Parrikar ji’s commitment towards his people and duties was exemplary.”

He said in another tweet that Parrikar Ji will always be remembered for his contributions.

“Parrikar ji has shown the entire nation how a BJP Karyakarta, even during his toughest time, is committed to the philosophy of Nation First, Party Next and Self Last.

He will always be remembered for his contributions as India’s Defence Minister and as CM of Goa.”

He continued saying,

“Entire BJP stands firmly with Parrikar ji’s family. I along with millions of BJP karyakartas and importantly the people of Goa, who were his family, express my deepest condolences. May God give the bereaved family strength to withstand this tragic loss. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.”

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also expressed her pain by declaring him a “sincere, honest and sensitive political activist.” He wrote,

“Shri Manohar Parrikar is no more. A sincere, honest & sensitive political activist. Was simple and down to earth, I learnt a lot from Shri.Parrikar. As Raksha Mantri his contribution to making the armed forces a modernised, lean & mean fighting machine will remain unparalleled.”

Manohar Parrikar Ji was also referred to as the ‘Chief Minister of the Common man’ by many. Parrikar he was known for his simple style of living and for being easily approachable by the Goa citizens.

On the family front, Parrikar lived with his two sons– Abhijat, a local businessman and Utpal, an Electrical Engineering graduate from Michigan State University. In the year 2000, his wife Medha also passed away.

May God Give Him Eternal Rest. Om Shanti!