Pramod Pandurang Sawant has come a long way over the years, from being an Ayurveda practitioner to the man poised to be the next Chief Minister of Goa.

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Pramod Sawant, who had been serving as the Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly until now, is likely to be sworn in as the chief minister later tonight.

The BJP leader’s name was announced for the position this evening, after hours of hectic negotiations by the BJP leadership with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward Party in the wake of  Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s death on Sunday. Although the two allies were reluctant to back his name in the beginning, they relented after being offered two deputy Chief Minister posts in the tiny state.

Mr Sawant, who had been serving as the Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly until now,is likely to be sworn in as the chief ministeris likely later tonight. He had faced tough competition for the position from fellow party leader Vinay Tendulkar and State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane.

If Mr Parrikar was an IIT graduate, Mr Sawant has an educational background in medicine. The 45-year-old legislator from Sanquelim constituency obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery from the Ganga Education Society’s Ayurvedic Medical College in Kolhapur before going on to get a postgraduate degree in Master of Social Work from Pune’s Tilak Maharashtra University. He referred to Mr Parrikar as a “statesman, guide and a fatherly figure” in a condolence message posted on Twitter on Sunday.

Mr Sawant’s wife, Sulakshana Sawant, heads the BJP Mahila Morcha in Goa. She is also a part of the State Election Committee formed by the party under the chairmanship of Vinay Tendulkar for the Lok Sabha polls.

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