The BJP government in Goa led by newly appointed Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has won the floor test on Wednesday by winning 20 votes while the Congress polled only 15. Sawant, who was sworn in on Monday night following the demise of Manohar Parrikar, said he was confident of a victory, with the support of 21 MLAs in the House – 12 from the BJP, three each of allies Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and three Independents.
The strength of the 40-member house has been reduced to 36 due to the death of Manohar Parrikar, BJP legislator Francis D’Souza and resignations of two Congress lawmakers Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte. The Congress had attempted to meet Governor Sinha on Friday to stake a claim over the government hours after news of Parrikar’s deteriorating health emerged. Following this, they submitted two letters to Sinha over the same claim but didn’t receive a response.