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Goa Floor Test LIVE updates: BJP passes test, Pramod Sawant secure in CM's seat with support of 20 MLAs

Goa Floor Test LIVE updates: New Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant has won the confidence motion with support of 20 MLAs. This means that BJP has passed the floor test at the Goa Assembly. Fifteen of the 35 MLAs in the Assembly had opposed the move.

FP Staff March 20, 2019 13:06:31 IST
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Goa Floor Test LIVE updates: BJP passes test, Pramod Sawant secure in CM's seat with support of 20 MLAs
  • Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant will take a floor test on Wednesday to prove his majority in the Assembly, a day after he was sworn-in

  • Governor Mridula Sinha has convened a special session of the Assembly at 11.30 am to enable the chief minister to prove his majority in the House

  • The ruling coalition has 21 legislators — 12 from BJP, three each of allies GFP and MGP and three independents

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Goa BJP ministers have been moved to 5-star resort 

TV channels are reporting that Goa BJP lawmakers have been moved to a five-star resort ahead of the Floor test in the Goa Assembly where the newly-appointed chief minister Pramod Sawant will prove his government's majority. According to NDTV, the BJP has moved its lawmakers to a five-star hotel to secure its numbers ahead of the trust vote.

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Mar 20, 2019 - 13:15 (IST)

What is a floor test and why did Pramod Sawant need it?

A floor test is a constitutional mechanism undertaken to gauge whether an executive functionary has the support of the legislature. While a sitting chief minister appointed by a governor after being voted to power by people can be asked to prove his majority in a floor test, this is not the situation which gave rise to the necessity of one in the case of Pramod Sawant.

Sawant, who only came to power after the passing of his mentor and the state's CM Manohar Parrikar, needed to prove that he enjoyed the support of the Goa Assembly as he is a newcomer in this role. 

Mar 20, 2019 - 13:09 (IST)

How the numbers stacked up for Pramod Sawant

The 20 MLAs who voted in favour of Pramod Sawant's new dispensation in Goa include 11 MLAs of the BJP, three from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, three Goa Forward legislators and three Independent MLAs. 

Of the 15 MLAs who voted against the motion,14 belong to the Congress and one is an Nationalist Congress Party MLA.  

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:58 (IST)

Pramod Sawant wins confidence motion with support of 20 MLAs; 15 oppose move

Twenty MLAs stand when asked if they support the confidence motion, 15 remain seated as Pramod Sawant wins floor test.

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:56 (IST)

Pramod Sawant moves Confidence Motion

MLAs have been asked to stand if they are for the motion.

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:54 (IST)

House observes silence

The House observed a period of silence to remember three Goan leaders, including Manohar Parrikar, who passed away recently.

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:53 (IST)

Francis D'Souza has taught me how to speak in the House, says Goa Assembly Speaker Michael Lobo

Speaker Lobo is now remembering Manohar Parrikar, Francis D'Souza and Vishnu Wagh in a speech of his own. 

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:48 (IST)

Pramod Sawant takes the floor, pays homage to mentor

New Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant is now speaking on his mentor and political guru Manohar Parrikar. He began his speech by thanking all the ministers and leaders, including Smriti Irani and Sushil Modi, who have paid condolences to the former Goa chief minister's passing.

Sawant broke down repeatedly in the course of his speech. 

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:43 (IST)

Anurag Thakur congratulates Pramod Sawant on new role

BJP MP Anurag Thakur is one of many leaders who have tweeted congratulations to Pramod Sawant on the occasion of the latter being sworn in as Goa chief minister. 

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:28 (IST)

Parrikar an architect of modern Goa, says Rohan Khaunte

In his speech at the House, MLA from Porvorim constituency, Rohan Khaunte, has called Parrikar the "architect of modern Goa".

"We will miss him in the House. His beautiful replies and steady grasp of matters will be dearly missed," Khaunte said.

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:22 (IST)

MLAs speak at length on Parrikar's legacy

Goa Forward Party Vijai Sardesai and BJP MLA Manohar Ajgaonkar both held forth on the former chief minister's legacy. Sardesai also spoke on the popularity of Francis D'Souza. 

Goa Floor Test LATEST updates: New Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant has won the confidence motion with support of 20 MLAs. This means that BJP has passed the floor test at the Goa Assembly. Fifteen of the 35 MLAs in the Assembly had opposed the move.

Pramod Sawant broke down repeatedly in the course of his speech on his mentor and political guru Manohar Parrikar. The House then observed silence for the three departed leaders.

Speaker Michael Lobo has urged MLAs to keep their speeches within the bounds of time. Goa Forward Party Vijai Sardesai and BJP MLA Manohar Ajgaonkar have both held forth on the former chief minister's legacy. Sardesai also spoke on the popularity of Francis D'Souza.

Churchill Alemao, former chief minister of Goa, in his speech during the Condolence Motion in the House highlighted the role Parrikar played while carrying out his various responsibilities, including that as a sports minister of Goa.

Dabolim MLA and BJP leader Mauvin Godinho and independent Priol MLA Govind Gaude have both set off Assembly proceedings with speeches that focus on remembering Manohar Parrikar and his role in the state.

Assembly proceedings have begun in Goa for the crucial floor test of Pramod Sawant, who was sworn in as new Goa chief minister on Tuesday.

All of the 36 MLAs of the Goa assembly have arrived at the venue for the floor test, reported Indian Express. The MLAs who are now waiting for Governor Mridula Sinha include ailing minister Pandurang Madkaikar. In 2018, Madkaikar had suffered a brain stroke in Mumbai.

Ahead of the crucial floor test of his government, Goa chief minister and BJP leader Pramod Sawant repeated that he was confident of victory. "We have 100 per cent confidence that we will win," he said, while heading into the Assembly.

Pramod Sawant has said that he will not be accepting congratulatory messages or flowers in the light of the fact that Goa is in mourning over the death of its former chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

There will be two deputy chief ministers in Pramod Sawant's government. The new chief minister has named Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party and Sudin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, appeasing two of its key coalition allies.

TV channels are reporting that Goa BJP lawmakers have been moved to a five-star resort ahead of the Floor test in the Goa Assembly where the newly-appointed chief minister Pramod Sawant will prove his government's majority. According to NDTV, the BJP has moved its lawmakers to a five-star hotel to secure its numbers ahead of the trust vote.

Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant will take a floor test on Wednesday to prove his majority in the Assembly, a day after he was sworn-in in a post-midnight ceremony. Ahead of the trust vote, the BJP has moved its legislators to a five-star hotel ahead of the trust vote, NDTV reported. However, Sawant expressed confidence that they would win the trust vote "100 percent".

Governor Mridula Sinha has convened a special session of the Assembly at 11.30 am to enable the chief minister to prove his majority in the House, reports said.

Goa Floor Test LIVE updates BJP passes test Pramod Sawant secure in CMs seat with support of 20 MLAs

Goa's new chief minister Pramod Sawant taking oath at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday. Screengrab from ANI Twitter

The ruling coalition has 21 legislators — 12 from the BJP, three each of allies Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and three independents. While the Opposition Congress has 14 lawmakers. The strength of the 40-member house has been reduced to 36 after the death of two lawmakers and the resignation of two Congress lawmakers.

As per the power-sharing arrangement reached by the BJP with allies, an MLA each from the two smaller parties backing the saffron party — GFP chief Vijai Sardesai and MGP's Sudin Dhavalikar — were made deputy chief minister. And besides Sawant, Sardesai and Dhavalikar, the others who were sworn in were: Mauvin Godinho, Vishwajit Rane, Milind Naik and Nilesh Cabral(all BJP), Palekar and Jayesh Salgaonkar(both GFP), Manohar Ajgaonkar(MGP) and Independent MLAs Rohan Khaunte and Govind Gawade.

Sawant said: "I will try to ensure that the alliance remains intact. I will deal with people the way Parrikar used to," expressing confidence that his government will complete its tenure. He said ministers sworn along with him would be allocated portfolios soon. The state government will build a memorial in Parrikar's name at Panaji's Miramar Beach, he added.

BJP president Amit Shah and Union minister Nitin Gadkari played a critical behind-the-scenes role in ensuring that the party retained power in Goa. The impasse over government formation, which included dealing with stubborn allies wanting to extract their pound of flesh, was resolved with deft handling of the situation by the two senior BJP leaders, PTI reported.

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