BJP MLA Ramesh Tawadkar on Tuesday defeated Congress candidate Alexo Sequoia and was elected Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly. Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai convened a two-day session of the newly elected 40-member assembly from Tuesday, a day after Promod Sawant was sworn in as chief minister and eight other BJP MLAs were sworn in as cabinet ministers. After the assembly session began, Pro-Tem Speaker Ganesh Gaonkar put forward a proposal for the election of the Speaker.
Tawadkar, nominated by the ruling BJP-led group, won the election with 24 votes. Sequira, nominated by the opposition Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Revolutionary Goans Party, received 15 votes. Chief Minister Sawant and senior House member Digambar Kamat (of Congress) then took Tawadkar to the Speaker’s chair.
In the recently concluded state assembly elections, the BJP won 20 seats, a slim majority in the 40-member House. Three independent MLAs and two MLAs from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) have backed the BJP.
The Congress won 11 seats in the Assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party won two seats, while the Revolutionary Goan and the Goa Forward Party won one seat each.
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