Pramod Sawant will have Narendra Modi’s full backing, but he would have to work out his own ways to reach out to his party men, allies and those sections of Goa voters who would look at the ‘BJP without Manohar Parrikar’ as an anathema.
Sawant visited the family members of Parrikar at their private residence at Dona Paula near here around 12 noon, before heading to the CM's Office at state Secretariat, Porvorim.
BJP's Pramod Sawant has been sworn in as Goa's new CM after Manohar Parrikar passed away on March 17 after battling pancreatic cancer
The BJP managed to break the deadlock in Goa, offering key allies their pound of flesh, by accepting their demand for deputy CM's posts.
After arriving in the coastal state, Modi reached the Kala Academy in Panaji where he paid his last respect to the 63-year-old senior leader. He met Parrikar's family members and offered his condolences to them.
Kavlekar, who is Leader of the Opposition in Goa Assembly, led all his party MLAs to Raj Bhawan here uninvited to meet Governor Mridula Sinha to stake claim to form government following the demise of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
The Goa chief minister's body has been kept at the BJP office in Panaji for the party leaders and workers to pay their last respects.
A pall of gloom descended on the BJP office and hundreds of Parrikar supporters turned emotional when his mortal remains, wrapped in the tricolour, was brought there.
Parrikar, 63, who had also been the defence minister, died on Sunday at his private residence in Dona Paula near the state capital after battling a pancreatic ailment since February last year.
Senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari could not secure consensus between the saffron party and its alliance partners in the state.
"Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader. A true patriot and exceptional administrator, he was admired by all. His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations. Deeply saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Shanti," the prime minister said in a tweet.
A four-term chief minister and former defence minister, Parrikar had been battling a pancreatic ailment since February last year.The BJP stalwart's health, which had been fluctuating for over a year, took a turn for the worse in the past two days.
While Gadkari was not available for comments, BJP MLA Lobo said Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party MLA Sudin Dhavalikar wanted to be the chief minister due to which the discussions came to a halt.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar died on March 17 after battling advanced pancreatic cancer for over a year.
The death of the former defence minister, who represented the Panaji assembly seat, will also necessitate a fourth bypoll in Goa, where by-elections are scheduled for the Shiroda, Mandrem and Mapusa assembly constituencies on April 23
Parrikar died at his private residence in Panaji on Sunday. He was 63
Parrikar, 63, served the state four times as chief minister and had a three-year-long stint as Defence Minister in the Narendra Modi-led cabinet
Parrikar, 63, was suffering from a serious pancreatic ailment and was at his private residence at Dona Paula
Goa Power Minister Nilesh Cabral asserted that the meet did not deliberate on the leadership change issue.
The MLAs, all allies in the BJP-led government, are Goa Forward Party's Jayesh Salgaonkar and Vinod Palyekar and Independents Rohan Khaunte, Govind Gawade and Prasad Gaonkar.
Parrikar's contribution to the party's victory in Lok Sabha and assembly elections over the years is even recognised by rivals who claim his absence will impact BJP's performance in the state, but party leaders have dismissed such doubts saying they are working under his guidance.
Parrikar, 63, was admitted to the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Saturday.
Parrikar, 63, has been suffering from a pancreatic ailment since the last one year and is recuperating at his private residence.
A section of local media reported on February 22 that he was on life-support system.
Parrikar, 63, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment, chaired the state Cabinet meeting at his private residence near here.