New Goa CM Pramod Sawant is confident of winning the floor test in Goa Assembly to prove majority
Apart from Lok Sabha elections, he is also confident of winning the Goa bypolls for three assembly seats
Panaji: New Goa CM Pramod Sawant on Tuesday exuded confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would retain both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa in Elections 2019. Sawant who—along with two deputies—was sworn in as the Goa chief minister in the wee hours of Tuesday, spoke to Mint at the BJP office in Panaji. He will visit Delhi on 21 March to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.
You became the Goa chief minister after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari came to Goa yesterday.
We will retain both the seats simply because there is a nationwide momentum for "Phir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar". Our allies Maharashtravadi Gomantak Paksha (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP), as well as independents are with us, and we would unitedly fight the Lok Sabha elections and retain both South and North Goa seats. Not only the Lok Sabha seats, but we will also win the three assembly bypolls on 23 April with the support of our allies.
Since you were the assembly speaker before you became the chief minister, who would conduct the floor test?
I resigned yesterday but we have the deputy speaker Michael Lobo who would conduct the floor test. We don't need to have a pro-tem speaker for the floor test.
What are your priorities as the new Goa CM?
I intend to focus on infrastructure development, governance, and human development of Goa. As the chief minister, I have an added responsibility but I am confident of getting support from all my colleagues and other ministers.
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