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Pramod Sawant Sworn-In As Chief Minister In Late-Night Ceremony: Updates

BJP's Pramod Sawant has been sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Goa with an unprecedented two deputies for the state, one from each alliance partner.

Pramod Sawant Sworn-In As Chief Minister In Late-Night Ceremony: Updates

Pramod Sawant has been sworn-in as Goa's chief minister

Panaji:

Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who had been battling cancer for more than a year, died at his home in Panaji at the age of 63 on Sunday. His body was kept at the BJP head office in state capital Panaji in the morning where people paid their final respects to him from 11 am to 4 pm at Kala Academy. 

The funeral procession began and the last rites were performed at Miramar.

The BJP's Pramod Sawant has been sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Goa with an unprecedented two deputies for the state, one from each alliance partner.

Arriving at midnight at the Governor's House, Mr Sawant called it a "big responsibility". The BJP persuaded its partners to accept Mr Sawant, the Goa Speaker, after talks that started soon after the chief minister's death and continued overnight. Allies Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP) relented after snagging two deputy Chief Minister posts in the state which has a cabinet of 12.

Here are the LIVE Updates over Manohar Parrikar's funeral:

Mar 19, 2019 02:06 (IST)
Two deputy chief ministers sworn in along with Pramod Sawant

MGP's Sudhin Dhavalikar and Goa Forward Party's Vijay Sardesai were sworn in as Goa's two deputy chief ministers.
Mar 19, 2019 02:02 (IST)
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Mar 19, 2019 01:57 (IST)
BREAKING: BJP's Pramod Sawant Made Goa Chief Minister At 2 am-Ceremony: 10 Points
The BJP's Pramod Sawant took oath at 2 am today as the nation mourned his predecessor Manohar Parrikar. The swift chain of events that ended with a hasty, post-midnight ceremony, had started soon after Parrikar died on Sunday evening. The tough negotiations with BJP allies, which continued overnight, were resolved after party chief Amit Shah reportedly stepped in and two lawmakers of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) joined the BJP. Mr Sawant will have two deputies - unprecedented for the tiny seaside state. One is from the MGP and the other from the Goa Forward Party, which objected to the former Speaker's candidature.

Mar 19, 2019 01:49 (IST)
BJP's Pramod Sawant takes oath as the chief minister of Goa

Pramod Sawant has been sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Goa.


Mar 19, 2019 01:48 (IST)
The oath ceremony to swear-in the new chief minister of Goa has begun
Mar 19, 2019 01:17 (IST)
Governor's House in Goa, where swearing-in is expected to take place







Mar 19, 2019 00:54 (IST)
Pramod Sawant is soon going to be sworn-in as Goa's new chief minister
Mar 19, 2019 00:35 (IST)
Goa Government: Hall where swearing-in is expected to take place

Mar 19, 2019 00:25 (IST)
Mar 19, 2019 00:24 (IST)
Goa will have two deputy chief ministers, says Goa chief minister-designate Pramod Sawant

Goa will have two deputy chief ministers, Chief minister-designate Pramod Sawant said.
Mar 19, 2019 00:17 (IST)
"It's a very big responsibility the party has given to me": Goa Chief Minister-designate Pramod Sawant

"It's a very big responsibility that party has given me. I will try my best to fulfil it. I am what I am today because of Manohar Parrikar," says Goa Chief Minister-designate Pramod Sawant
Mar 19, 2019 00:10 (IST)
Nitin Gadkari arrives at the governor's house in Goa

Nitin Gadkari has reached the Governor's residence in Goa.
Mar 18, 2019 21:20 (IST)
Goa Government: BJP tally now at 20 after MGP lawmakers join the party

BJP tally now at 20 after 2 Maharashtra Gomantak Party (MGP) MLAs join party and Goa Forward Party (with 3 MLAs) and Independents (also 3 in number) support BJP
Mar 18, 2019 21:17 (IST)
BJP has letters of support from independents and Goa Forward

BJP has letters of support from independents and Goa Forward
Mar 18, 2019 21:16 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Death: Pramod Sawant expected at Raj Bhavan in the next 20 minutes

Pramod Sawant expected at Raj Bhavan in the next 20 minutes
Mar 18, 2019 20:53 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Death: Swearing-in for the Goa Chief Minister will take place at 11 pm

The swearing-in for the Goa Chief Minister will take place at 11 pm
Mar 18, 2019 20:52 (IST)
Goa Government: 2 Maharashtra Gomantak Party lawmakers will join the BJP

Two Maharashtra Gomantak Party (MGP) lawmakers are moving to the BJP.

Mar 18, 2019 20:06 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar funeral: Amit Shah, union ministers and chief ministers of BJP-ruled states attended funeral at Goa's Miramar

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar was cremated with state honours here Monday, with thousands bidding the affable politician a fond farewell.

BJP president Amit Shah, some Union ministers and chief ministers of BJP-ruled states attended the funeral at Miramar.

Manohar Parrikar's eldest son Utpal lit the funeral pyre.

The funeral procession started from the Kala Academy where thousands, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid their last respects to the former defence minister.
Mar 18, 2019 20:04 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Death: BJP creating "artificial majority" in Goa, says Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad

The Congress Monday accused the BJP of creating an "artificial majority" in Goa at the directions of the Centre, and urged Governor Mridula Sinha to invite the opposition party to form a government as it was the single largest party, reported news agency PTI.

The coastal state is in a politically fluid situation after the death of BJP Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Sunday. While the Congress has staked claim to form the next government, the BJP is also meeting its allies to decide on Parrikar's successor.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said in New Delhi, "I will like to attract the attention of whole country as well as the media that democracy should be established (in Goa). And governors, who sit on the position of a judge, should take correct decision. The one who has a majority should form a government. It is not right for democracy if artificial majority is created as per the directions of central government," he told a press conference, reported PTI.

On Governor Sinha not responding to the Congress's demand for allowing it to form a government in the state, Mr Azad said, "The governor should work as a governor and not for a party."

He also referred to the last Assembly elections in the state and mentioned that the Congress emerged as the single largest party and tried form a government.

"What we tried before, we are trying again. When elections happened in Goa, the Congress emerged as the number one party. The BJP got fewer seats (than Congress). Now, the BJP's MLA count has gone down (further). BJP's MLA count is 11 and Congress''s is 14. We have three MLAs more as compared to them," he told reporters.

Mr Azad said among the other parties, the Goa Forward Party has three, the MGP has three, the NCP one and remaining three are independents and there is one speaker.
Mar 18, 2019 19:49 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Death: Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma accuses Congress party of "politicising" the death of Manohar Parrikar

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Monday accused the Congress party of "politicising" the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, reported news agency ANI.

"The way they have come forward to stake claim to form the government in the state shows that they had been waiting for him to die. It is highly insensitive on their part to play politics even in such situations," said Mr Sharma while talking to ANI.

Manohar Parrikar, a senior BJP leader died on March 17 evening after a prolonged battle against cancer at the age of 63.

"I was very close to him. He has done a lot not only for the state of Goa, but for India, too. He lived his life as an honest politician and served the nation till his last breath," he said.
Mar 18, 2019 18:55 (IST)
BREAKING: Pramod Sawant To Be Goa Chief Minister, Swearing In Tonight: Sources

BJP's Pramod Sawant to be Chief Minister after Manohar Parrikar's death, swearing in at 9 pm: Sources
Mar 18, 2019 18:55 (IST)
Read Here: Manohar Parrikar Cremated With State Honours, Thousands Join Procession
Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister was cremated with full state honours at Panjim's Miramar Beach this evening. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a battery of ministers from the Centre and states paid their last respects to the leader.
Mar 18, 2019 18:08 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Funeral: Thousands bid emotional farewell as Manohar Parrikar's son Utpal lights funeral pyre: PTI

Thousands bid emotional farewell as Manohar Parrikar's son Utpal lights funeral pyre, reported news agency Press Trust of India

Mar 18, 2019 17:56 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Funeral: Manohar Parrikar has been cremated with full state honours

Manohar Parrikar has been cremated with full state honours
Mar 18, 2019 17:42 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Funeral: Gun salute performed for the last rites of Manohar Parrikar

Gun salute was performed for the last rites of Manohar Parrikar.
Mar 18, 2019 17:36 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Funeral Last rites begin for Manohar Parrikar

The last rites for the funeral of Manohar Parrikar have begun.
Mar 18, 2019 17:24 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Funeral: BJP president Amit Shah, chief ministers of BJP-ruled states at Miramar: PTI

BJP president Amit Shah, chief ministers of BJP-ruled states at Miramar: News agency PTI
Mar 18, 2019 17:22 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Funeral



Mar 18, 2019 17:20 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Funeral: Thousands join to bid farewell to Manohar Parrikar

The funeral procession of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar began in Panaji on Monday, with thousands joining the cortege to bid him a fond farewell, reported news agency Press Trust of India.

The mortal remains of the 63-year-old senior BJP leader were kept in a flower-decked hearse which left the Kala Academy at Panaji for the Miramar beach, where the last rites will be performed, reported PTI.

The affection and popularity Mr Parrikar enjoyed among ordinary Goans was on display as hundreds of common folks, and his party workers lined up to pay tributes to the chief minister, who died on Sunday after prolonged illness, reported PTI.

Mr Parrikar will be accorded state funeral with full military honours at Miramar, an official said.

Earlier, gloom descended on the BJP office and hundreds of supporters of Mr Parrikar turned emotional when his mortal remains, wrapped in the tricolour, were brought there.

As the vehicle carrying his body travelled 5 km from his private residence in Dona Paula to Panaji in the morning, people tried to catch a glimpse of the leader, who rose from the small coastal state to become the country's defence minister.
Mar 18, 2019 17:16 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Funeral Procession






Mar 18, 2019 17:08 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Funeral: PM Modi tweets on paying respects to "my friend Shri Manohar Parrikar"

PM Narendra Modi in a tweet paid tributes to Manohar Parrikar.

"Paid tributes to my friend Shri Manohar Parrikar. He personified humility, simplicity and compassion. The good work he has done will be remembered for years to come," PM Modi said in the tweet.




Mar 18, 2019 16:45 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Funeral: Procession leaves for Manohar Parrikar's funeral

Procession leaves to conduct Manohar Parrikar's funeral


Mar 18, 2019 16:39 (IST)
When Manohar Parrikar helped shooter Tejaswini Sawant take aim: News agency PTI

When a young and little known Tejaswini Sawant was in urgent need of financial help to participate in a shooting world championship in Germany, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar came as her ray of hope, reported news agency Press Trust of India.

The support not only enabled the shooter from Kolhapur in Maharashtra to participate in the competition in 2005, but also became a turning point in her career as she scaled new heights thereafter, Ms Sawant said, according to PTI.

Her only regret now is that she could not thank the chief minister enough for his generosity which made a big contribution in her life and shooting career.

"It was a brief meeting with Parrikar along with family friend and senior BJP leader Chandrakant Patil. He just listened about my performance and estimated the expenditure. He then signed a cheque for me immediately," the ace shooter recalled while talking to PTI over phone.
Mar 18, 2019 16:06 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Funeral: PM Modi pays respects to Manohar Parrikar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid his last respects to Manohar Parrikar.


Mar 18, 2019 16:01 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Death: Goa Congress leader of opposition says Congress will prove majority in Goa to form government: ANI

Leader of Opposition in Goa Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar led Congress delegation on Monday told Governor Mridula Sinha that the party will prove majority to form the government in the state, reported news agency ANI.

"We met the Governor and staked claim to form the government as we are the single largest party in the state. We have 14 MLAs and we should be given the chance to form the government. We have told that we will prove majority. We are saddened by the demise of Goa Chief Minister," Mr Kavlekar told media after meeting the Governor, according to ANI.

The Congress communicated their claim to form the government hours after the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's death. The opposition Congress is the single largest party in the 40-member Goa assembly.
Mar 18, 2019 15:50 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Funeral: Smriti Irani becomes emotional while paying her last respects to Manohar Parrikar

Union Minister Smriti Irani became emotional when she paid her last respects to Manohar Parrikar, reported news agency ANI.



Mar 18, 2019 15:12 (IST)
Manohar Parrikar Funeral: Nirmala Sitharaman pays her last respects to Manohar Parrikar

Mar 18, 2019 14:46 (IST)
PM Modi meets Manohar Parrikar's family
Mar 18, 2019 14:35 (IST)
PM Modi, Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman at Goa BJP office to pay tributes
Mar 18, 2019 14:09 (IST)
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has asked the Goa governor to do her constitutional job and not the party's

Mar 18, 2019 13:52 (IST)
Mar 18, 2019 12:57 (IST)
All Congress lawmakers in Goa to meet Governor
All 14 Congress lawmakers in Goa to meet Governor to stake claim to form government: Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar

The opposition party had written to her, staking claim to form the government on Friday and then again on Sunday.

Mar 18, 2019 12:49 (IST)
According to news agency PTI, State BJP Chief Vinay Tendulkar says, "Decision on next Goa chief minister by 2 pm and swearing in after 3 pm"
Mar 18, 2019 12:15 (IST)
Mar 18, 2019 12:03 (IST)
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit condoled the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit condoled the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. 

"The sad demise of Shri Manohar Parrikarji fills me with shock and grief. A gentleman to the core, an able administrator and an intellectual in his own right, Shri Manohar Parrikarji combined in himself the qualities of simplicity, sagacity and magnanimity," Mr Purohit said in a statement. 

"His demise is a great loss to the nation. I convey my deep condolences and pray to the Almighty God to rest his soul in peace," he added.
Mar 18, 2019 12:01 (IST)
US Ambassador Ken Juster's tribute
Mar 18, 2019 11:59 (IST)
IIT-Alumnus Remembers Manohar Parrikar
A former IIT-B student who was present at the convocation ceremony said Manohar Parrikar asked students to join politics and the Army. "Why can't IIT graduates, who have had the best engineering education in the country, take up academics and run some of these colleges, and transform their quality?" Mr Parrikar had then said.
Mar 18, 2019 11:53 (IST)
IIT-Bombay to hold condolence meet for alumnus Manohar Parrikar
The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) will hold a condolence meet on Monday evening to pay tributes to their alumnus, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar. The meeting will be held at 5 pm at the institute's PC Saxena auditorium, an IIT-B spokesperson said.
Mar 18, 2019 11:44 (IST)
The Union Cabinet has approved following condolence Resolution in the profound memory of Shri Manohar Parrikar: "The Cabinet expresses profound sorrow at the sad demise of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa in the evening of 17th March, 2019 at Panaji, Goa. In his passing away, the country has lost a veteran and distinguished leader, affectionately called as the Chief Minister of commoners.
Mar 18, 2019 11:28 (IST)

Mar 18, 2019 11:11 (IST)

Mar 18, 2019 10:18 (IST)
Mar 18, 2019 10:07 (IST)
Speaker Pramod Sawant is likely to be the chief minister of Goa. Decision likely to be finalized in a day or two, say sources

Mar 18, 2019 10:05 (IST)
Mortal remains of Manohar Parrikar being taken to BJP office in Panaji
Mar 18, 2019 09:20 (IST)
BJP lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi's tribute
Mar 18, 2019 09:12 (IST)
All official programmes of the BJP scheduled for today, including the Central Election Committee meeting, have been cancelled. 
Mar 18, 2019 09:02 (IST)
Mar 18, 2019 08:31 (IST)
Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh's tribute to Manohar Parrikar
Mar 18, 2019 08:19 (IST)
Mar 18, 2019 08:06 (IST)
Union Minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari arrives in Panaji for the BJP legislature meet
Mar 18, 2019 07:59 (IST)
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan
Mar 18, 2019 07:37 (IST)
Home Minister Rajnath Singh to attend funeral
The four-time chief minister will be accorded a state funeral. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be going to Goa to be a part of the funeral. A meeting of the Union Cabinet has been called at 10am as well.
Mar 18, 2019 07:21 (IST)
Seven-day mourning in Goa
Goa has announced a seven-day mourning after the chief minister's death. All schools and educational institutions in the state will be shut today and all examinations have been postponed.