Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant won the election from his traditional Sanquelim Assembly constituency on Thursday and expressed confidence that the BJP will form government in the coastal state.
In early trends on Thursday, the Bharatiya Janata Party has taken a lead over Congress in 19 seats, leaving behind Congress which is leading in 15 assembly seats. The counting of votes for the election to the Goa assembly began on Thursday Read More
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Dr Pramod Sawant addressed the meeting of newly elected MLAs of BJP Goa in the presence of Goa Election In-Charge Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Shri C T Ravi, Shri Kishan Reddy Gangapuram, Union Minister Shri Shripad Naik, State President Shri Sadanand Shet Tanavade and others. He also congratulated all the newly elected MLAs of BJP Goa and reiterated that they are committed to all round development and shall continue to work for the prosperity of the state.
There is immense respect among the people for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while commenting on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s stunning election victories in four states with the results trickling in on Thursday. READ FULL STORY HERE
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant won the election from his traditional Sanquelim Assembly constituency on Thursday, and expressed confidence that the BJP will form government in the coastal state. READ MORE
Our central parliamentary board will send observers to Goa tomorrow and after that during our legislature meet, we will go to the Governor. Congress wanted to go today at 3 pm but didn’t since they don’t have numbers.
We’ve won 20 seats. MGP has also given us a letter of support. 3 independent MLAs have also supported us. So now we are 20+3+2 =25. There is a possibility that more candidates will join us. So we are forming the govt: BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis
3 independent MLAs have given us their letter of support, so we will form the government with full majority: Goa BJP president Sadanand Shet Tanavade
We will prove our strength on the floor of the house. Now we have 20 seats but more will be added when we have to prove our strength on the floor of the house, says C T Ravi
Narendra Modi’s mission of Aatmanirbhar has actualized in Goa. I want to thank the people of Goa. We lost 3 seats by very low margins. This win is because of Narendra Modi and his vision and also J P Nadda and others. After 10 years, we have still managed to form the government, Says Pramod Sawant
Grateful to the people of Goa for reposing their faith in the BJP.
BJP under the leadership of PM @narendramodi Ji will leave no stone unturned in fulfilling the aspirations of our sisters & brothers of Goa.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 10, 2022
Decimated in all five states, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said he humbly accepted the people’s verdict. He also thanked Congress workers for their hard work and dedication. READ MORE
Out of 19 seats in North Goa, 10 seats have been won by candidates of BJP, 6 seats have been won by Indian National Congress and one each by MGP, Revolutionary Goans Party, and an Independent candidate: Ajit Roy, North Goa collector
BJP wins 20 seats, Congress wins 9 & leads on 2, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak and AAP win 2 each, Goa Forward Party and Revolutionary Goans Party win 1 each & Independent 3.
As many as 302 candidates were in the fray, with the state voting in a single phase on February 14. More than 11 lakh voters cast their ballot to elect the next government in the popular coastal state. While the BJP entered the elections with the slogan ’22 plus in 2022′, CM Sawant said that even if the party is stuck at 17-18 seats, it would seek help from Independent MLAs to form a government.
Meanwhile, the Congress, fearing a repeat of the 2017 fiasco, shifted all the candidates, who had contested the polls, to a luxury resort in Bambolim village near Panaji a day ahead of the counting. The BJP also held a meeting with senior leaders to discuss possible outcomes.
The Goa Congress has been in touch with AAP candidates and has promised ministry in case they win, sources told CNN-News18. The grand old party is also in touch with the Trinamool Congress, sources added.
In the 2017 Goa election, internal tensions and slow decision-making under the leadership of senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh led to the party losing its opportunity to form the government, despite emerging as the single largest party by winning 17 seats. The BJP had bagged 13 seats and was quick to tie up with Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Independent MLAs to form a government under the leadership of four-time chief minister and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar.
Since 2017, Goa’s political space has spiced up with the entry of players like TMC and AAP. This time, Congress went to the polls after firming up a pre-poll alliance with the GFP, while the TMC joined hands with the MGP. The Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) also joined hands in Goa, while AAP and the BJP are fighting it alone.
The counting of votes of all the constituencies would be taken at one go, starting from ballot papers at 8 am. North District Returning Officer Ajit Roy said strongrooms, where EVMs have been kept, will be opened at 6.30 am, but the actual counting will start at 8 am.
Poll officials said the votes will be counted at two places, Damodar College in Margao and Government College of Polytechnic at Altinho in Panaji, covering assembly constituencies falling in North Goa district and South Goa district, respectively.
Double Covid-19 vaccination certificate has been made compulsory for entering counting centres, where three layers of security will be in place. A senior official told PTI elaborate arrangements have been made at both the counting centres and all the results are expected by around noon.
In case no government is formed, President’s Rule could be imposed by the state governor under Article 356 of the Constitution. Re-election could also take place.
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