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At 2 am oath ceremony, Pramod Sawant takes over as Goa Chief Minister

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New Delhi/Pamaji:19/3:(odiannews):Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Pramod Sawant was sworn in as the chief minister of Goa past midnight on Monday in a move that capped frenzied political developments in the state following Manohar Parrikar’s cremation, which witnessed thousands turning out to pay their last respects to one of the tallest leaders of the party from the region. Two deputy chief ministers – one each from alliance partners Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP) – were also picked in the crucial political transition that was necessitated by the death of 63-year-old Parrikar, who was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in February last year. Sawant’s swearing-in ceremony was initially scheduled to be held at 11pm on Monday but it was pushed back, as the BJP deliberated with allies late into the night to secure his position as the consensus candidate for the chief minister’s post. The ceremony was finally held at 1.50 am. The 45-year-old had been elected the legislature party leader in the state by the BJP earlier in the day.