1. Goa elections results 2017: Despite big setback in Goa, Manohar Parrikar floats hope for BJP in fight against Congress

Goa elections results 2017: Despite big setback in Goa, Manohar Parrikar floats hope for BJP in fight against Congress

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar spoke up today on the Goa Assembly election results in the wake of the BJP not being able to race to a win in the majestic fashion that it did in UP and Uttarakhand.

By: | Published: March 11, 2017 7:18 PM
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. (PTI)

Current Union Defence Minister, and former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar spoke up today on the Goa Assembly election results in the wake of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) not being able to race to a win in the majestic fashion that it did in Uttar Pradesh (likely to win 325 seats) and Uttarakhand (likely to win 57 seats) but held up hope by saying that things are not all dark for the party and its prospects in this small state.

The BJP has been running neck and neck against the Congress party which has made surprisingly good gains despite being drubbed everywhere except in Punjab where the victory (it won 77 seats out of 117) was ascribed more to Captain Amarinder Singh’s efforts than the campaigns of party Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

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In Goa, the BJP was not able to strategise or deploy the charismatic energy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi or his strategist, party president Amit Shah and this allowed the Congress to claw itself back from a certain losing position as seen ahead of counting day. In Goa, the BJP has won just 13 of 17 seats and finds itself in a minority. However, the hope that Parrikar was talking about were in the form of the 10 independent candidates who had won. Clearly, he was saying that the BJP would be approaching them to bolster its count and take it past that of the Congress.

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While Parrikar did not comment at all about the possibility of his coming back to state politics, especially as the current chief minister Parsekar has been defeated today, he did indicate the party’s next likely step. He said, “Party will stake claim if it gets enough support.” Parrikar is known to prefer state politics over his stay at the Centre.

Parrikar added, “We don’t try to pass on the buck; we are all responsible for the fractured mandate.”

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