Panaji, March 11: In a neck to neck poll battle for Goa Assembly elections, a big blow is registered for ruling BJP as CM Laxmikant Parsekar has lost seat from Mandrem.
The initial counting impressions show a close fight between Congress and BJP and AAP is yet to show its presence. Congress is marginally ahead of BJP and a close tie can not be ruled out.
21 is the magic number in Goa to win assembly election in Goa. Hung Assembly for Goa can not be ruled out.
- CM Laxmikant Parsekar has lost seat from Mandrem.
- Former Goa CM and Congress leader Pratapsingh Rane wins from Poriem constituency.
- Former Goa CM Digambar Kamat of the Congress wins from Margao.
Goa: Congress’ Dayanand Sopte celebrates his victory against chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar in Mandrem.
Counting of votes polled in the February 4 Goa assembly election started half hour late at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.
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Officials said the postal ballots were being counted first and the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) would be taken up for counting next.
The votes logged in nearly 2,500 EVMs are being counted at the Bal Bhavan in Panaji and the Government College of Commerce and Economics in Margao, 35 km from here.
For the 40 seats in the state, the BJP fielded candidates in 36 seats, the AAP in 39, Congress in 37 and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party in 25.