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May 21, 2019
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Race For New Goa CM: BJP’s Pramod Sawant, Vishwajit Rane Frontrunners; Cong Meets Guv

Manohar Parrikar death: While Pramod Sawant is seen as someone who had “ear of the chief minister”, and someone who was groomed by Parrikar himself, reports suggest that Vishwajit Rane enjoys the support of Goa Forward and independent MLAs.

Amid the political stalemate in Goa after the death of chief minister Manohar Parrikar, Speaker Pramod Sawant and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane have emerged as frontrunners for Goa CM’s post. PTI reports that the BJP will decide on a name by 2 pm and the swearing-in is likely after 3 pm.

While Sawant is known to be from the cadre and having seen as someone who had “ear of the chief minister”, and someone who was groomed by Parrikar himself, reports suggest that Rane enjoys the support of Goa Forward and independent MLAs.

After the overnight meeting to find the fresh face in Goa reached a deadlock, Union minister Nitin Gadkari began round two of talks with BJP leaders and alliance partner Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) to discuss Parrikar’s successor in Goa. After the meeting, Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said, “The decision on a chief ministerial candidate is yet to be taken. But the picture will be clear by 2 pm.” He also added that the new chief minister would be sworn in after 3 pm today.

While Rane attended the meeting with Gadkari, Sawant was not present in it, reported PTI.

SOURCE:https://indianexpress.com/article/india/goa-new-chief-minister-live-updates-bjp-congress-manohar-parrikar-5631841/

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