Bharatiya Janata Party-led 10-member Manohar Parrikar government was on Tuesday sworn in by Governor Mridula Sinha at a special ceremony at the Raj Bhavan. The government has promised the people to run the administration on the agenda of development and ‘Goemkarponn’ (Goan ethos).
Parrikar has been sworn in for the fourth time as the Chief Minister of Goa. Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar, Francis D’Souza, Manohar Azgaonkar, Pandurang Madkaikar and five first time-ministers namely Vijai Sardesai, Rohan Khaunte, Govind Gaude, Vinod Palyenkar and Jayesh Salgaonkar were also administered the oath of office and oath of secrecy by the Governor.
Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma conducted the proceedings of the oath taking ceremony.
National BJP president Amit Shah, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot and Union Health Minister J P Nadda attended the swearing-in ceremony.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has given 70 per cent representation to North Goa in his cabinet, while only 30 per cent representation to South Goa, although it is not a deliberate decision, but out of compulsion to include the said legislators in his cabinet. The North Goa constituencies namely Panaji, Mapusa, Pernem, Porvorim, Cumbharjua, Siolim and Saligao have got representation in the state cabinet, while the South Goa constituencies to find place in the cabinet are Madkai, Fatorda and Priol.
Most of the legislators – Manohar Parrikar, Vijai Sardesai, Francis D’Souza, Rohan Khaunte, Govind Gaude, Vinod Palyenkar, and Jayesh Salgaonkar – took the oath in Konkani. Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar and Manohar Azgaonkar were sworn in in Marathi, while Pandurang Madkaikar took the oath in English.
Former chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, former ministers, present and former legislators, eminent personalities, industrialists and supporters of the political parties that got representation in the state cabinet were also present at the swearing-in ceremony. The Congress party boycotted the swearing-in ceremony.