Goa Assembly Elections 2022: The Aam Aadmi Party is expected to make big gains and replace Congress as the principal Opposition party in the state.
The BJP is expected to comfortably retain power in Goa which is scheduled to go to polls early next year along with four other states, the first round of ABP-CVoter survey has predicted. Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party is expected to make big gains and replace Congress as the principal Opposition party in the state.
The survey has predicted 22-26 out of the 40 seats for the BJP, followed by 4-8 seats for the AAP and just 3-7 seats for the Congress. The predictions suggest a major setback for the Congress, which was the single largest party in the 2017 state elections.
As per the survey, the AAP is expected to garner 22.8 per cent votes against the Congress’ 15.4 per cent. Moreover, 13.8 per cent respondents replied “anyone from AAP” as their CM choice —more than three Congress candidates put together: Ravi Naik (4.5 per cent), Digambar Kamat (4.5 per cent) and Luizinho Faleiro (3.7 per cent).
In the 2017 Assembly elections in Goa, Congress won the highest 17 seats in the 40-member House restricting the BJP to 13. Surprising the Congress, the saffron party allied with regional parties and came to power under the leadership of senior leader Manohar Parrikar.
The BJP has expressed confidence of registering a comfortable victory in the polls which are due in February-March next year with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant saying that the people will repose their faith in the BJP.
Meanwhile, former Union minister and newly-appointed AICC election observer for Goa P. Chidambaram has been given the responsibility to overlook Congress’ poll preparations in the state.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has already thrown its hat in the ring ahead of the polls, with the party’s national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announcing free power up to 300 units per month if his party is voted to power during his recent visit to Panaji.