With Assembly election results all set to be declared in Goa, heavy security has been put up outside counting centres in Panaji and rest of the state. The suspense over the next Chief Minister of Goa is set to be clear today with the announcement of the result.
The Goa Assembly Elections 2017 witnessed a high-voltage campaign by competing parties — BJP, Congress and AAP. The Congress is eyeing a return to power in the state while the BJP is self-assured of another win. However, the new entrant on the poll scene in Goa — Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP- may play a spoiler for the BJP and Congress.
During the campaign, AAP had accused BJP and Congress of looting the state in turn. There was also some drama ahead of the polls in the BJP camp as ally Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party(MGP) severed ties with the saffron party.
The MGP even claimed it would not form any alliance with the BJP after the elections “under any circumstances”. Second, the BJP campaign was also marred by a revolt engineered by the Goa RSS unit chief Subhash Velingkar, who was sacked. But Velingkar launched a new party — Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) — and also announced a Grand Alliance with the MGP and Shiv Sena.
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In 2012, led by then Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was later shifted to Centre as defence minister, the BJP-Maharashtrawadi Gomantak (MG) alliance had won 24 out of 40 Assembly seats including 21 by the BJP and 3 by its ally. Apart from BJP, Congress and, other parties in the fray in Goa in 2012 were All India Trinamool Congress, Goa Vikas Party, Nationalist Congress Party, United Goans Democratic Party and Go Su-raj Party.
One of the most crucial issues in the 2012 polls was the cultural identity of Goans. The second big issue was alleged corruption during the Congress regime. The Congress was also accused of promoting nepotism in governance.