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Goa Elections 2017: Here's What You Need to Know

Goa went to polls on February 4. The state will witness a contest among ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Opposition Congress, new entrant Aam Aadmi Party and the three-party alliance forged by MGP, GSM and Shiv Sena.

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Updated:February 6, 2017, 6:07 PM IST
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Goa went to polls on February 4. There is a fight among ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Opposition Congress, debutant Aam Aadmi Party and the three-party alliance forged by MGP, GSM and Shiv Sena.

Even though the BJP has not declared its chief ministerial face, speculation is rife that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar might be sent back to Goa to be the next chief minister if the party comes to power in the tourist state. The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, which has for the first time forayed into Goa, is contesting on 39 seats. Congress is contesting on 38 seats and BJP on 37.

The election will also test the impact of rebel Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Subhash Velingkar on the electorate. Velingkar's Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) has forged a pre-poll alliance with the MGP and Shiv Sena in the state.

Here is a look at state demographics, issues it is facing, and how parties fared in the past election:

GOA - SLIDE 1 - ELECTIONS BEGIN

GOA - SLIDE 2 - PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES

GOA - SLIDE 3 - KEY PLAYERS

GOA - SLIDE 4 - ISSUES

The Goa Swing

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