Big victory for BJP: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant wins floor test

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, March 20: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant wins floor test after 20 MLAs voted in his favor in the state assembly, this comes as a big win for BJP as Congress too was in an equally strong position.

Newly appointed Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who heads a BJP-led coalition government, was all set to face a floor test to prove his dispensation's majority in the 36-member state legislative assembly on Wednesday.

While Sawant told reporters on Tuesday that he is "100 per cent confident" of winning the floor test, the Congress has refused to divulge its floor plan for the crucial one-day session of the state assembly, which was summoned by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Tuesday.The one-point agenda of the session, which is scheduled to begin at 11.30 a.m., is to facilitate the trust vote that will be overseen by Acting Speaker and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Michael Lobo.The BJP-led coalition comprises of 12 BJP MLAs, three MLAs each from Goa Forward and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party as well as two Independent MLAs.The Congress has 14 MLAs in the 36-member Assembly. One independent MLA Prasad Gaonkar was seen in both the BJP as well as Congress camps on Monday and has not clarified as to whether he supports the treasury or opposition benches.Lone Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Churchill Alemao had voted in favour of the previous BJP-led coalition government in 2017, but had participated in a press conference organised by the Congress party on Monday, amid the midnight government formation drama.The 'magic number' for a simple majority in the 36-member House is 19.With Agencies