03/19/2019, 09.59
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Goa, Pramod Sawant sworn in as new Chief Minister

The inauguration ceremony at 2am this morning. The swift succession reflects the BJP's need to maintain leadership of the Indian state. The Congress tries to undermine the religious alliances, but is mocked on social media.

New Delhi (AsiaNews / Agencies) - At two this morning, Pramod Sawant was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of the State of Goa.

Member of the Hindu nationalist party Bjp (Bharatiya Janata Party), he succeeds Manohar Parrikar, who died two days ago following a lengthy illness. The sudden death of Parrikar, a leader estimated by the population and the Indian Church, had left a dangerous void in state politics, while all of India is approaching the general elections that will begin on 11 April.

The newspapers report that the inauguration ceremony of the two deputy chief ministers will take place today. Together with Sawant, 45, another nine state ministers took the oath. Meanwhile, the funeral ceremony of Parrikar was held last night. He was cremated on the beach of Miramar, according to the Hindu tradition.

Parrikar's swift succession reflects the need of the BJP party to maintain the leadership of the Indian state, overlooking the west coast. In fact, after the death of Parrikar, the leaders of the Congress wanted to make their political supremacy emerge.

In fact, in the 2016 elections, which had led to the success of the late Chief minister, the Gandhi family party had emerged as the winner in terms of seats (17 out of 40, down to 14 after some defections). However, the party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had managed to gain the leadership of the state thanks to an alliance with two regional parties: the Goa Forward Party (Gfp) and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (Mgp).

After a day of negotiations, Modi regained support from the two minor allies, who however demanded the seats of the two deputy chief ministers who will swear tonight in exchange: one for Vijai Sardesai, head of the Gfp, and the other for Sudin Dhavalikar , MP of MPG.

 For its part, the Congress, which had tried to snatch some seats, was accused of political looting even before Parrikar's funeral was celebrated. And the social media did not miss the opportunity to mock Rahul Gandhi, unpopular with media, coining the hashtag #VampireCongress.

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