Sawant said he had sent invitations to all chief ministers, union ministers and all top nominated industrialists and missionaries. “It’s an open ceremony, I’m inviting everyone to the stadium before 10am. I will meet the public after 12 noon. Preparations are underway, people are happy, “he said.
State BJP chief Sadananda Shet Tanavade said people wearing black masks or black robes would not be allowed inside the swearing-in ceremony. “People wearing black masks and black clothes will not be allowed inside the venue. However, the event is open to all, ”he said. In the Assembly elections held on 14 February, the results of which were declared on 10 March, the BJP won 20 seats in the 40-member House, though it gained a comfortable majority with the support of some non-partisan and Maharashtrian Gomantak Party.
Goa Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai has called a two-day session of the new assembly from March 29, during which Chief Minister-designate Promod Sawant, who will be sworn in on March 28, will have to seek a vote of confidence, officials said on Friday. A new speaker is expected to be elected during the session, which is expected to complete a range of legislation, including passing a bill and a vote-on-account (a practice to address the government’s short-term spending needs).
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