Pramod Sawant Declared Goa CM, BJP MLAs Arrive at Raj Bhawan to Stake Claim to Form Govt

In Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami is set to be the chief minister once again despite losing his seat in the recently held assembly elections

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Last Updated: March 21, 2022, 23:35 IST

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Pramod Sawant will be chief minister of Goa for a second term. (Image: News18)

Incumbent Goa CM Pramod Sawant was on Monday declared as the next chief minister of the coastal state after the BJP legislative party meeting got over in Panaji this evening. In Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami is set to be the chief minister once again despite losing his seat in the recently held assembly elections. According to the law, Dhami now has to become a member of the Uttarakhand legislature within six months.

Dhami lost from Khatima this time, a seat he had won in 2012 and 2017. He thanked the BJP high command after the announcement was made. Central observer Rajnath Singh said, “I would like to congratulate Read More

Mar 21, 2022 20:27 IST

Pramod Sawant Has Support of 25 Goa MLAs, Says Governor

Goa Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai said 25 of 40 MLAs in Goa — 20 of the BJP, 2 from MGP and three Independents — are supporting CM-designate Pramod Sawant.

Mar 21, 2022 20:05 IST

Pramod Sawant and other BJP Leaders Meet Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai to Stake Claim to Form Govt

Goa CM-designate Pramod Sawant and other BJP leaders along with MGP MLAs met Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai to stake claim to form government in the state.

Mar 21, 2022 19:48 IST

UP: 'Neither Do I Think I'll be Called Nor Will I Go', Says Akhilesh About Oath Taking

Samajwadi party chief Akhilesh Yadav said today that neither did he think that he would be invited nor was he interested in going, when asked about the swearing-in ceremony of Uttar Pradesh chief minister-designate Yogi Adityanath. Yadav also said he had only one suggestion for the government, and that was it should “stop lying”. “Neither I think I will be called nor I am interested to go to the swearing-in ceremony of UP CM-designate Yogi Adityanath on March 25th. My only suggestion to the government is that they shouldn’t lie to the people of Uttar Pradesh anymore,” he added. ANI

Mar 21, 2022 19:27 IST

Uttar Pradesh CM-designate Yogi Pays Courtesy Call to Governor

Mar 21, 2022 19:26 IST

Goa: Pramod Sawant, BJP MLAs to Meet Governor at 7 pm

Goa chief minister-designate Pramod Sawant said he will be meeting governor PS Sreedharan Pillai at 7 pm today, where the decision about the swearing-in ceremony will also be made. Sawant also said he will be taking forward “PM Modi’s vision” in Goa. “I will work for infrastructure and human development in the state. PM [Narendra] Modi’s vision will be taken forward in Goa,” he said, adding, “we will be meeting the Goa governor PS Sreedharan Pillai around 7 pm today, where decision about the swearing-in ceremony will be taken.” ANI

Mar 21, 2022 19:19 IST

READ | From RSS Worker to Uttarakhand CM for 2nd Time: Pushkar Singh Dhami’s Rise Through Ranks

The BJP named Pushkar Singh Dhami as the chief minister of Uttarakhand on Monday, after the party retained power for the second consecutive term in the hill state. Even though Dhami, 46, lost the February election from Khatima, which he had won in previous assembly elections, the party seems to have given him a second chance banking on the length and breadth of his work as the CM, after he took the baton from Trivendra Singh Rawat last year. Dhami, a Thakur leader, was sworn in as the chief minister last July. As a former president of the BJP youth wing, Dhami enjoys cordial relations with the young cadres. The party believes Dhami helped in checking anti-incumbency to a certain extent. READ MORE

Mar 21, 2022 19:18 IST

READ | A Parrikar Supporter and RSS Loyalist, Pramod Sawant Set For 2nd Tenure as Goa CM

The incumbent chief minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant, is all set to take oath as the CM again. The reason behind the Bharatiya Janata Party’s decision, according to sources, is that Sawant helped the party win 20 of the 40 seats in the Goa assembly elections, more than what it had won five years ago. Sawant took over as the chief minister of Goa after BJP leader Manohar Parrikar died in 2019. Sources said that Sawant’s name for the top post was ratified by Devendra Fadnavis, the BJP’s election in-charge in Goa. The caretaker CM was recently in Delhi to meet BJP president J P Nadda. Sawant had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on March 8, ahead of poll results. READ MORE

Mar 21, 2022 19:14 IST

Pramod Sawant Gets Second Term as Goa CM, Says Will Work for Zero Corruption

The BJP chose Pramod Sawant as the next chief minister of Goa. The BJP announced him as the leader of the legislative party for the next five years. Central observer to Goa, Narendra Singh Tomar said party leader Vishwajit Rane proposed Sawant’s name as the leader of the legislative party. “Everyone unanimously elected Sawant. He will be the leader of the legislative party for the next five years,” Tomar said. According to news agency ANI, after the announcement, Sawant told media, “First of all, I would like to thank PM (Narendra) Modi, (JP) Nadda ji and Amit Shah ji… I would also like to thank all my party members, supporters and people of the state of Goa. We will work for zero corruption. We will meet the governor soon.”

Mar 21, 2022 18:50 IST

Dhami, BJP Leaders Meet Uttarakhand Governor to Stake Claim for Govt Formation

Uttarakhand chief minister-designate Pushkar Singh Dhami, central observer Narendra Singh Tomar and other BJP leaders today met governor Lt Gen Gurmit Singh (Retd) to stake claim to form the government in the state.

Dhami, BJP Leaders Meet Uttarakhand Governor to Stake Claim for Govt Formation

(Uttarakhand CM-designate Pushkar Singh Dhami and Narendra Singh Tomar meet governor Lt Gen Gurmit Singh. Image: News18)

Mar 21, 2022 17:18 IST

Punjab Cabinet Ministers Get Portfolios; Cheema Gets Finance, Education Goes to Meet Hayer

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann has kept the home department with himself, while prominent AAP leader and second-time MLA Harpal Singh Cheema from Dirba was appointed the state’s finance minister. Another second-time MLA Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer from Barnala was appointed the education minister, while Dr Vijay Singla got the health portfolio. The youngest in the cabinet at 31 years of age, Harjot Singh Bains from Anandpur Sahib was appointed as the law and tourism minister.

The other doctor in the cabinet and lone woman, Baljit Kaur, will be the minister of social security as well as women and child development. Former state civil servant Harbhajan Singh ‘ETO’ will be the power minister, while long-time AAP loyalist and SC cell head Lal Chand Kataruchak has got the portfolio of food and supply. Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal will be the minister of rural development and panchayati raj.

Laljit Singh Bhullar has been appointed as transport minister, while Brahm Shankar ‘Jimpa’ has got portfolios of water and disaster.

Mar 21, 2022 17:13 IST

Continue Good Work Done in Last 5 Years: PM Modi Congratulates Manipur CM Biren Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, union home minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh caretaker chief minister Yogi Adityanath were among those who showered praise on Manipur chief minister Biren Singh as congratulations poured in. Biren Singh took oath as the CM for the second term. Modi said, “I am confident his team and he would take Manipur to newer heights of progress and continue the good work done in the last five years”.

Mar 21, 2022 16:42 IST

Punjab: 7 of 11 New Ministers have Declared Criminal Cases, 4 Facing Serious Charges: ADR

In Punjab, seven of 11 newly sworn-in ministers have declared criminal cases as per their election affidavits. Of them, four are facing serious charges, said poll rights group Association for Democratic Reforms. PTI

Mar 21, 2022 16:39 IST

'New Dawn of Development for Manipur', Says Nadda

Congratulating N Biren Singh for becoming chief minister for a second term, BJP national president JP Nadda said Manipur will witness a “new dawn of development”. Nadda also congratulated other elected members of the newly formed cabinet. He tweeted: “Heartiest congratulations to @NBirenSingh Ji on being swore in as the CM of Manipur and to all the members of the newly elected cabinet. Under the leadership and guidance of PM @narendramodi, Manipur will soar to new heights & prosperity, giving rise to a new dawn of development.”

Mar 21, 2022 16:33 IST

Punjab: Kultar Singh Sandhwan Elected Speaker of 16th Punjab Vidhan Sabha

Kotkapura MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwan was unanimously elected as the speaker of the 16th Punjab Vidhan Sabha. Chief minister Bhagwant Mann proposed Sandhwan’s name, which was seconded by cabinet minister Harpal Singh Cheema, said the chief minister’s office. Sandhwan, 46, is the grandnephew of former president Giani Zail Singh. He joined the AAP in 2012.

Mar 21, 2022 16:11 IST

Government's First Task will be Corruption-free State: Biren Singh

After N Biren Singh took oath as the chief minister for the second term, he said his government’s first task will be to make Manipur “corruption-free”. “I would like to appreciate my colleagues for their support, also want to thank the people, PM, Nadda ji, Amit Shah ji and Rajnath ji… my government’s first task will be corruption-free state,” he told the media. He said he will “work day and night to wash out corruption” and tackle drug-related matters after that. Biren Singh also said he will try to resolve the issue of insurgency through negotiations and dialogue. “I will try to see that all the insurgents operating in the state are brought to the negotiating table and there are dialogues. These three will be my primary duties,” Biren Singh added. ANI

Mar 21, 2022 16:07 IST

Manipur: Five MLAs Also Sworn in Cabinet Ministers Alongside CM Biren Singh

Alongside chief minister N Biren Singh, five MLAs, including Nemcha Kipgen, Y Khemchand Singh, Th Biswajit Singh, Awangbou Newmai and Govindas Konthoujam were also sworn in as the cabinet ministers of Manipur at the state capital Imphal today. ANI

Mar 21, 2022 16:01 IST

Tripura CM, Union Minister Smriti Irani Congratulate Biren Singh on Twitter

Mar 21, 2022 16:00 IST

AAP Nominates Harbhajan Singh, Raghav Chadha to Rajya Sabha from Punjab

Mar 21, 2022 15:58 IST

Uttarakhand: BJP Legislature Party Meeting at 4.30 pm, Rajnath Singh in Dehradun

Central observers Rajnath Singh and Meenakshi Lekhi arrived in Dehradun today to attend the BJP legislature party meeting at 4.30 pm to decide on the government formation in Uttarakhand.

Mar 21, 2022 15:49 IST

Who Will be Goa CM? BJP to Announce Today; Sawant, Himachal Guv Rajendra Arlekar in Race

The long-drawn suspense over Goa chief minister’s name is likely to end today as the BJP will announce the leader of the state BJP Legislature Party at a meeting to be held at BJP headquarters in Panaji at around 4 pm. The BJP has also sought an appointment with Goa Governor at 6 pm to stake a claim to form the government, sources said. At the BJP legislative meet, the BJP will finalise the CM’s name. Among the front-runners is caretaker CM Pramod Sawant, former state health minister Vishwajeet Rane and Himachal Pradesh Governor Rajendra Arlekar, who will visit Goa today. READ MORE

Mar 21, 2022 06:57 IST

BJP To Stake Claim to Form Goa Govt

Dhami, who worked for the people for six months. He knows how to run the government.”

N Biren Singh took oath as the chief minister of Manipur for the second term today. Five MLAs — Nemcha Kipgen, Y Khemchand Singh, Th Biswajit Singh, Awangbou Newmai and Govindas Konthoujam — were also sworn in as the cabinet ministers of the state at a ceremony in state capital Imphal. After he took oath, the new CM told the media, “I would like to appreciate my colleagues for their support, also want to thank the people, PM, Nadda ji, Amit Shah ji and Rajnath ji… my government’s first task will be corruption-free state.”

Manipur governor La Ganesan had invited Biren Singh to form the next government soon after union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Kiren Rijiju handed over a letter on behalf of the BJP to Ganesan stating that N Biren Singh has been elected unanimously as the leader of the legislature party with 32 MLAs. Two political parties JD(U) with six members, Kuki People’s Alliance with two members and one independent “extended their unconditional support to the BJP and their letters of support have also been submitted to the governor”, a Raj Bhavan statement read.

Under Biren Singh’s leadership, the BJP returned to power in Manipur by winning 32 seats in the 60-member House in the recent assembly elections. In the 2017 polls, although the BJP had won only 21 seats, it managed to lure MLAs from the Congress, which clinched 28 seats, and Biren Singh was sworn in as the first-ever BJP chief minister in Manipur. BJP’s vote share this time round was a massive 37.8 per cent.

Central observers Rajnath Singh and Meenakshi Lekhi also arrived in Dehradun today to attend the BJP legislature party meeting at 4.30 pm to decide on the government formation in Uttarakhand.

The newly elected BJP MLAs of Uttarakhand will meet in Dehradun on Monday to choose their leader who will be the next chief minister of the hill state where the party has stormed back to power for an unprecedented second successive term.

The decision to convene a meeting of the MLAs was taken after state BJP leaders including caretaker chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Trivendra Singh Rawat (both former CMs), among others, met the party’s central leadership at Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence here, state party chief Madan Kaushik said.

Besides Shah, BJP president JP Nadda and general secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh were also present in the meeting that lasted more than an hour. Kaushik, who also attended the meeting, said the BJP legislative party will meet Monday evening after the MLAs have taken the oath as members of the state assembly.

Earlier in the day, Dhami said the process of government formation is underway and the BJP’s central leadership will take a call on the next chief minister. The party has appointed Defence Minister Rajnath Singh as the observer for government formation in the state.

The BJP, despite its emphatic win, has been in a bit of quandary over the new chief minister as Dhami, who spearheaded its successful campaign, lost his Khatami seat. A section of the party’s state unit still wants Dhami as the chief minister, while some favour a change.

Dhami continues to be the frontrunner for the chief minister’s post despite his defeat but other probable names for the top job doing the rounds include those of Chaubattakhal MLA Satpal Maharaj, Shrinagar MLA Dhan Singh Rawat and Rajya Sabha member Anil Baluni.

Union Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt and former chief minister and union minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank are also being talked about as probable candidates for the top job. The BJP clinched 47 seats in the 70-member Assembly.

The BJP will meet the Goa governor on Monday and stake a claim to form the next government, state unit resident Sadanand Shet Tanavade said on Sunday.

The much-awaited BJP legislature party meeting will also be held on Monday to select the leader of the House, who will be the next chief minister. “BJP president J P Nadda has informed that the legislature party meeting would be held on Monday after which party leaders will meet Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai and stake a claim to form the next government,” Tanavade told a press conference.

The legislature party meeting will begin at 4 PM on Monday. BJP’s observer Narendra Singh Tomar and co-observer L Murugan, Goa election in-charge Devendra Fadanavis, desk in-charge C T Ravi will attend the legislature party meeting, Tanavade said. He said the date of swearing-in of the new government would be decided after meeting the governor on Monday.

In the recently-held elections in Goa, BJP won the majority by bagging 20 of the total 40 seats. Three Independents and two MLAs of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) have already extended their support to BJP.

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