Goa Assembly Election Results 2017: The PM Narendra Modi magic brought Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) kitty. However, while it lost Punjab, it has made inroads in Manipur and is looking a another hung house in Goa. Manipur is a gain, after all, it had won zero seats there last time and this time it is 21 while Congress got 28 – a hung house is likely to result there. In Goa though, the ruling BJP has suffered big reverses, even its chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar has lost. In Goa BJP won only 13 seats in the 40-member house while Congress has 17 seats. Parsekar shockingly said, “I don’t know why there was such a result. People have given a fractured mandate and I feel they have committed a mistake. They will rue it for the next five years.”It is a likely hung house too, but Defence Minister and BJP leader Manohar Parrikar says Independents, numbering 10, will side with his party. The majority mark is 21. Confused? Well read on:
Point 1: The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), the Goa Forward Party and the independents won three each while the NCP bagged one seat.
Point 2: The Congress, which had nine seats in the outgoing House, steeply increased its tally to 17, besides ensuring the victory of a party-backed independent candidate.
Point 3: Four former Congress chief ministers – Digambar Kamat, Pratapsinh Rane, Ravi Naik and Luiznho Falerio – emerged victorious in the polls.
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Point 4: The verdict would give smaller parties like the newly formed Goa Forward Party and the MGP a role in the government formation.
Point 5: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which had hit the state with fanfare, too drew a blank.
Point 6: The MGP, which had pulled out of the BJP-led coalition just before the February 4 polls, formed an alliance with the Shiv Sena and the Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM), floated by RSS rebel Subhash Velingkar. The other two parties, however, failed to open their accounts.
Point 7: The Congress sources said as the single largest party, it would stake claim to form the next government and was confident of getting the support from independents and others.
Point 8: However, after the results were out, Parrikar said the BJP remains in the race for forming the government.
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Point 9: Apart from the anti-incumbency mood, it is believed that floating of GSM by Velingkar and pulling out of the MGP from the ruling alliance contributed to the BJP’s defeat.
Point 10: AICC general secretary in-charge of Goa Digvijay Singh said the Congress will seek support of like-minded parties to form the next government. “We will not mind approaching like-minded parties such as Goa Forward Party to form the next government,” he told reporters here.
Total Assembly constituencies: 40
Goa Forward: 03
(With PTI inputs)