Goa exit polls 2017: BJP leads, Congress second, AAP distant third

By: | Updated: March 9, 2017 9:54 PM

Most of the opinion polls released ahead of the exit polls predicted a tough fight between ruling BJP and Congress.

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The much awaited exit poll surveys on Goa Assembly Elections 2017 are released by various news channels. Most of the surveying agencies have suggested Bharatiya Janata Party leading the state. The polls have suggested Congress getting a second spot, while Aam Aadmi Party has been projected a distant third. The C-voter exit poll has predicted BJP to bag 15-21 seats in Goa, while the Congress is getting 12-18 seats, and AAP may open it account with 0-4 seats. The figures predicted by India Today-Axis polls have also put Laxmikant Parsekar-led BJP in leading position with 15 seats, while Congress has been predicted to win 10 seats, and AAP trailing the grand old party with 7 seats.

Polling in Goa, which is having a three-cornered contest this time, had ended on February 4. All eyes will be on the performance of Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party which is making a debut in the state. In 2012, the party managed a comfortable victory under the leadership of Manohar Parrikar. BJP managed to defeat Digambar Kamat-led Congress with a comfortable majority. Speculations are rife Parrikar may return to the state if BJP wins the polls in the state again. Parrikar has campaigned aggressively in the state, getting a booster by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has also addressed several rallies here. However, most of the polls have shown this time it will be hard for BJP to return to power.

While BJP has been campaigning in the state on the name of Manohar Parrikar and Narendra Modi, Kejriwal-led AAP has contested elections on the issue of corruption and clean politics. New entrant AAP is contesting elections in the face of Elvis Gomes, while Subhash Velingkar’s GSM may cut the votes of BJP. Rahul Gandhi has also ran an aggressive campaign for the party in the state. Most of the opinion polls released ahead of the exit polls predicted a tough fight between ruling BJP and Congress, while AAP was set as the distant third. In 2012, the party had won 24 out of 40 Assembly seats including 21 by the BJP and 3 by its ally. Congress had secured 9 seats, while Goa Vikas Party had bagged 2.

The HuffPost-CVoter opinion poll conducted in Feb 2017 gave a clear majority to Congres with 8 seats, while it predicted 9 for BJP, 2 for AAP and 9 for others. The Week – Hansa opinion poll had predicted 18 for BJP, 12 for Congress, and 4 for AAP. While predicting a majority for BJP, the Axis – India Today had predicted 22 for safforn party, 14 for Congres, 3 for AAM Aadmi Party:

The Exit Poll Results of the various organisations are as follows:

1) India Today-Axis

Congress:10; BJP:15; AAP: 7; Others 8

2) India TV

Congress (10), BJP (15), AAP (7), Others (8)

3) C-Voter

4)Times Now – MRC

Congress: 15; BJP 10; AAP 9

 

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