“We are going for the floor test tomorrow. There will 2 deputy CMs in this government- Vijay Sardesai and Sudin Dhavalikar. And I request all the people to not congratulate me or welcome me with flowers during the 7-day mourning period,” news agency ANI reported Sawant saying a few hours after he took charge as the new chief minister today.
Sawant took oath of secrecy as the 11th Chief Minister of Goa last night at 2 am, the day when his predecessor Manohar Parrikar was cremated with state honours.
Talking about Parrikar, Sawant said: “I will try my best to fill in the large shoes. I won’t be able to be as tall as Parrikarji. But I will give my best.” When asked about the need for two deputy CMs in a small state, he termed it coalition compulsion.
“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,” said Sawant.
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.
The new Chief Minister heads a coalition government which has the support of 12 MLAs from the BJP, three each from the Goa Forward and MGP, and two independent MLAs.
The Congress is currently the single largest party in the state with 14 MLAs. The BJP has 12 legislators in the 40-member Assembly, whose strength now is 36 after Parrikar’s death.