Goa votes for 40 Assembly seats tomorrow

With the campaign for Goa’s 40 Assembly seats ending on Saturday, the state will go to the polls in a single phase on Monday. The incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is being contested by Congress, Trinamool Congress and Aam Admi Party (AAP) in a multifaceted electoral contest in Goa. The Goa Assembly has 40 members, of which the BJP currently has 17 legislators and has the support of legislators from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Vijay Sardesai from the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three independents. The GFP and MGP each have three deputies, and Congress, on the other hand, has 15 deputies in the house.

A total of 301 candidates from different political parties are running in Goa. The ruling BJP, Congress, Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party remain the leading contenders in the Assembly elections in Goa along with Shiv Sena.

However, Utpal Parrikar, son of former chief minister Manohar Parikkar, is also running as an independent candidate for his father’s traditional Panaji Assembly seat. He had resigned from the BJP after being denied a ticket from the Panaji Assembly constituency. The BJP fielded Congress party renegade Atanasio “Babush” Monserrate from the Panaji seat. He had joined the BJP along with nine other MPs in 2019 from Congress.

The seat of the Panaji Assembly has its own importance in the electoral politics of the state. Former Union Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, who had represented Panaji, had served as the state’s chief minister for three terms. Goa has witnessed an intense election campaign by key leaders of various political parties.

Congress leader P Chidambaram and AICC official Dinesh Gundu Rao campaigned in Goa, seeking votes for work done by Congress-led governments in the past, criticizing political rivals for hampering the welfare of the people of the state. Goa Pradesh Congress Committee Chairman Girish Chodankar has also released a video message for voters in Goa. He recalled the work done by the Congress-led government in the past in the state.

Similarly, several candidates from the BJP, Congress and TMC as well as other political parties posted video messages, highlighting the development work they have done in their respective constituencies. Meanwhile, AAP National Officer and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also pledged cash assistance for every woman over 18 and other benefits for many communities if his party comes to power in the state.

Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray stressed on Saturday that Maharashtra’s model of good governance should be replicated in all other states. The AAP has declared lawyer-turned-politician Amit Palekar as its chief ministerial face for the Goa Assembly elections.

The counting of votes in Goa, an electoral city, will take place on March 10. (ANI)

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