PANAJI: The new government under Chief Minister Pramod Sawant will face the crucial floor test in the state legislative assembly Wednesday morning.
Coming out with this information, the newly sworn-in Chief Minister said that he is cent per cent confident of winning the floor test.
Informing that both, Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar and Vijai Sardesai from the supporting parties have been designated as the Deputy Chief Ministers so as to arrest all efforts from the Congress to form its government, Sawant maintained that Manohar Parrikar had successfully run the government for two years, and he would now do it for the next three years.
Sawant, who took over the charge of the Chief Minister’s Office Tuesday morning, while addressing the pressmen stated that taking control over the state administration and streamlining the same would be the first priority of his government.
The Chief Minister also said that all the projects in the state, which had started during the tenure of Manohar Parrikar and are currently underway would be completed by him on priority basis.
“I have always been working on the principle of Antyoday Tatva, which advocates working for up to last person in the society,” Sawant said, pointing out that the same principle would continue in his future works, with the government schemes taken to every deserving person. “My tenure will witness human development along with the development of the state infrastructure,” he noted.
Sawant further revealed that he will visit Delhi for the first time in the capacity of Chief Minister, on March 21 to interact with the national leaders of his party. He also maintained that the portfolios would be distributed to his cabinet ministers as early as possible.
Looking at his direct elevation from the post of Speaker to the post of the Chief Minister, Sawant said that it is definitely a matter of pride for him.
The Chief Minister also said that if the Congress leaders feel that there has been a constitutional violation on the part of the Bharatiya Janata Party in forming the new government and that they need to take the matter to the court then they could very well do the same. “Who is stopping them from taking this step,” he questioned.
Replying to a question, Sawant said that bringing a solution to the mining issue will also be his priority.
Answering another question, the former speaker said that since the post of the Speaker has become vacant, the charge of the same has now gone to the Deputy Speaker.
Replying to yet another question, he said that the BJP would easily win the two seats at the Lok Sabha polls in Goa.
On a parting note, Sawant said that his government desires support from all, further quipping, “If anyone from the opposition party wants to join the BJP, then he would be most welcome.”
The newly elected Chief Minister also requested the public not to meet him during the ongoing seven-day mourning period, dedicated to the departed former chief minister Manohar Parrikar. “People should refrain from meeting me with the wishes and bouquets of flowers, during this period,” he appealed to the public.
Meanwhile, Sawant visited the residence of Parrikar at Dona Paula, early morning and extended condolence to Utpal and Abhijat, the two sons of the departed leader. State BJP president Vinay Tendulkar was also present on the occasion.
Later, the Chief Minister visited the temple of Goddess Shri Mahalaxmi and offered his prayers.
The Chief Minister also visited his village at Kothambi Pali and took the blessings of Goddess Sateri and Chandreshwar Bhutnath after which he attended a couple of meetings.