Monday, 18 December, 2017

BJP's Clean Sweep in Goa By-elections, Manohar Parrikar Bags Panaji Seat

Four-Time Goa CM Manohar Parrikar Wins Panaji Bypoll, Rane Leading From Valpoi Bypolls: Manohar Parrikar wins Panaji by 4803 votes
Christy Curtis | 30 August, 2017, 01:46

Panaji: The BJP has won both the seats in Goa that went for by-elections on August 23. The by-election became necessary after Rane left the Congress and resigned as MLA before joining the ruling party.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday that a church-backed fact-finding report into serial desecrations in Goa was part of a conspiracy hatched against him ahead of the bypolls.

Reacting to his landslide victory in the Valpoi by-election, health minister Vishwajit Rane said people had voted for progress. In Valpoi constituency of Goa by-poll BJP's Vishwajeet Rane won by a margin of 10,066 votes.

TDP's Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy defeated his nearest rival Silpa Mohan Reddy of YSR Congress Party by over 27,000 votes. The former defence minister returned to Goa to lead the coalition in March after the Goa Forward Party and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party insisted that Parrikar hold the reins of any government they supported. Congress' Roy R Raik at second position with 6101 votes. "I was told by Pramod Acharya (editor-in-chief of the cable news channel) that "My management has given signals to defeat you in the election", Rane told reporters after his victory was announced by poll officials at the counting centre in Panaji.

- Counting of votes begin. In truth, however, the by-election has taken the BJP's tally up by one seat only, to 14 MLAs. "We were 16 seats when Vishvajit left, we continue to have 16 seats". In round three, Chodankar won 375 votes while Parrikar won 658. Congress candidate Surender Kumar got 31,919 votes. "The leaders of the party have to prove that Congress is a constructive opposition to the government", he quipped, mentioning, "However, I will not ignore constituencies of the Congress MLAs from development, including the constituencies of those four Congress MLAs".

Where the Congress has been sorely wounded is in Valpoi.

AAP's Ram Chandra won by 24,052 votes.

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