New Delhi, Feb 4, 2017: The single-phase assembly polls in Goa and Punjab that began on Saturday will witness a three-way war between the BJP, Congress, and AAP.
Punjab is all set for a three-cornered tussle for the 117 assembly seats, with the Congress competing with the AAP to uncrown the incumbent Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) combine that has been in power since March 2007.
In Goa, where the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) had pre-poll alliance during the 2012 assembly elections, is going alone this time but is supporting independents in four constituencies.
So far, Goa recorded 15% voting in the first two hours, since polling began at 7 a.m., on Saturday for the state’s 40 assembly seats.
On the other hand, Punjab recorded 8% voting till 9:30 a.m.
However, in Goa, polling at one booth in Cumbharjua constituency was delayed due to EVM machine malfunction but eventually began at 7.45 a.m, the election officer said.
Similarly, in Punjab, polling was delayed due to the error in EVM machine at booth no 35 in Majitha.
In Goa, among the early voters on Saturday were Defence Minister and former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who cast his ballot in Panaji, while Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar voted in his coastal constituency of Mandrem, minutes after the polling started.
Goa has 11.08 lakh registered voters, who are entitled to exercise their franchise.
Polling will end at 5 p.m in both the states.