Panaji । BJP youth leader and former Speaker of the state legislative assembly Pramod Sawant sworn-in as Goa’s Chief Minister. He assumed the top political mantle despite never having served as a minister in the state cabinet.
Pramod Sawant holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ayurvedic Medicine from the Ganga Ayurvedic Medical College in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district. 45 Years Sawant has practiced as a doctor of alternative medicine in Goa.
Sawant has been elected to the state assembly on two occasions in 2012 and 2017 from the Sanquelim assembly constituency.
Sawant, a Maratha by caste, served as a Speaker of the state legislative assembly from 2017.
He rose up in the ranks in the Bharatiya Janata Party through the party’s youth brigade and was one of the younger BJP leaders who was considered close to Parrikar.
Goa BJP spokesperson Dattaprasad Naik described the new Chief Minister as a “humble, down to earth person”. Naik had worked under Sawant’s leadership, when the latter was the state president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.
“I definitely hope that people don’t start fitting him in Parrikar’s larger-than-life shoes. People should give him due time to perform,” Naik said.
Sawant’s wife Sulakshana is currently the state president of the BJP’s Mahila Morcha and his daughter studies in Class 6.
Sawant in his political career has generally managed to steer clear from controversy and was handpicked by Parrikar to assume the Speaker’s post in 2017.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh volunteer Sawant hails from the Sanquelim constituency, which is one of the key regions in the North Goa mining belt.