While the 'crown jewel', the Panaji Assembly seat, held by the BJP since 1994 and one which bears Parrikar's familiar footprint was lost, the effort by the CM seems to have paid off.
Earlier in the day, Sawant proved the majority of his BJP-led government in the Assembly, comfortably winning a floor test in the House.
The legendary thespian M G Ramachandran, and the founder of All Indian Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) also died while in office in December 1987.
Shah was in Goa to attend the funeral of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who died at 63 Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer.
He said the BJP had zeroed in on the next CM candidate but its allies in the state were yet to get on board.
'The decision on chief ministerial candidate is yet to be taken. But the picture will be clear by 2 pm,' the state party chief said.
Manohar Parrikar passes away; BJP's Pramod Sawant sworn in as new Goa CM, 11-member cabinet also takes oath
Sawant is a medical practitioner by profession and had completed his Masters in Social Work after finishing graduation in Ayurveda.
A meeting was held on Sunday which was attended by three MLAs of the Goa Forward Party, including its chief Vijai Sardesai and three MGP MLAs led by state Transport Minister Sudin Dhavalikar.
Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman and Smriti Irani also condoled the demise of Goa CM and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Ashok Gehlot and other Congress ministers condoled the death of Goa CM and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Born on December 13, 1955 into a middle-class family, his political career began as an RSS pracharak and he continued working for the Sangh even after graduating from IIT-Bombay as an engineer.
Parrikar's final journey will begin after 4 pm when his remains will be taken to Miramar area in Panaji procession, and the final rites will be performed at 5 pm.
Since returning from AIIMS, Delhi, in October, Parrikar is mostly confined to his private residencewhere he has held cabinet meetings.
The ailing Goa CM said in a letter that Rahul Gandhi did not mention or discuss about the Rafale fighter jet deal in their five-minute meeting.
Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar said that Parrikar should come back to "hosh" before asking people about their "josh".