Congress closes in on Goa but is cornered by BJP in Manipur

In Goa, the electorate appeared to endorse the Congress, which claimed 17 of the 40 seats, pushing the ruling BJP to second with 13, and Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar losing from Mandrem.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi/imphal/panaji | Published:March 12, 2017 5:27 am
Congress, Goa, BJP, Manipur, Congress Goa, BJP Manipur, Goa BJP, india news Supporters of Congress celebrate their candidate win Assembly elections in Imphal on Saturday. PTI Photo

UP AND Uttarakhand have voted decisively for the BJP, and Punjab has gone with the Congress, but the assembly election narrative in the two other states — Manipur and Goa — is far from over. In Manipur, the Congress emerged as the single largest party with 28 of 60 seats. But the results presented a clear verdict against the party’s incumbent and three-time Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, as the BJP opened its account on its own in style, with 21 seats.

In Goa, the electorate appeared to endorse the Congress, which claimed 17 of the 40 seats, pushing the ruling BJP to second with 13, and Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar losing from Mandrem. Dr A Chella Kumar, who charted the Congress campaign along with party state chief Luizinho Faleiro, said, “The Congress is forming the government in Goa. We are safe.”

Manipur: The BJP surge

The BJP tally of 21 indicates that the party has established a strong presence, setting the stage for a bigger push in the 2019 general elections. In the outgoing assembly, the BJP had two MLAs, both of whom had crossed over after winning on Trinamool Congress tickets. BJP leaders are now hoping that it will find allies among the 10 winners from smaller parties.

The Congress is in a tight spot even though the Trinamool Congress, which won one seat, has offered support. The Naga People’s Front, which won four seats, is an ally of the BJP. The LJP, too, has won a seat and is part of the NDA. The National People’s Party has won four and then, there is an Independent.

Sources said AICC general secretary in charge of Manipur C P Joshi and AICC observer Ramesh Chennithala would be in Manipur Sunday. Joshi said the Congress will stake claim to form the government since it is the single largest party. Sources said the party has already established contact with some of the BJP MLAs who are “Congress turncoats”. “Let us see how many we can win back,” said a Congress leader.

Goa: Congress has edge

The first indication of the BJP losing was evident one hour into counting, when Chief Minister Parsekar trailed Dayanand Sopte of the Congress. And, with AAP drawing a blank, the fractured verdict has put the focus on peripheral entities, such as Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward, with three seats each, and the NCP, with one.

Goa Forward and the NCP are likely to back a Congress government — two of the three Goa Forward MLAs are former Congressmen. Besides, an independent backed by the Congress, Rohan Khaunte, has won from Porvorim.

Congress sources said the AICC general secretary in charge of Goa, Digvijaya Singh, is in touch with the leaders of the MGP, too — it was part of the BJP-led government before walking out of its alliance just before the elections.
While negotiations are on to secure the numbers, sources said a tussle has already begun for the chief minister’s post among former chief minister Digambar Kamat, state chief Faleiro and veteran Pratapsingh Rane.

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    Black hat
    Mar 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm
    Is this rahul hi ?
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      User
      Mar 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm
      Check the voting percentage.. Dumb
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        User
        Mar 12, 2017 at 1:03 pm
        U dont have any work??
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          Bb
          Mar 12, 2017 at 8:02 am
          Exactly bro they win it already am only afraid of mafia amit
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            Bb
            Mar 12, 2017 at 2:52 am
            Shaa the gunda will like to play money card for sure..but any thing short of Congress government in goa and Manipur will be a betrayal to the people s mandate which is not acceptable
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              Bb
              Mar 12, 2017 at 2:56 am
              Thank you all the people's for voting for the great Congress ...congress mut bharat will never never exist..Congress is in our blood
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                Bb
                Mar 12, 2017 at 2:35 am
                Up India congress the great Congress is back I thank all the poepls
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                  vvvvv
                  Mar 12, 2017 at 10:34 am
                  It is true and shame to BJP Before these two modi and amit shah curse to congress and now what they are doing by hook or cook they want to form the government.. What they done in Cheanni.. Jai Hind
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                    vvvvv
                    Mar 12, 2017 at 10:30 am
                    Where ever there is dijvijay singh always problem first he was incharged for AP than make complete loss Rahul jee must change all these old face they stil have to learn the youth mentality now same like anhra pradesh situation dijvijay singh made to manipur.. Jai Hind
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                      Ashim Kumar Chatterjee
                      Mar 12, 2017 at 3:32 am
                      ELECTIONS HAVE PROVEN DECISIVELY THAT PEOPLE WANT A STABLE AND FULLY DEVELOPMENT ORIENTED POLITICS. THEY WANT CORRUPTION FREE ADMINISTRATION. MIVE VICTORY OF BJP IN UP , UPSURGE IN MANIPUR AND UTTARAKHAND SIGNIFY THAT CASTIST REGIONALISM TOO REJECTED. IN MIDST OF THESE POSITIVE MESSAGES TO POLITICIANS SHOULD TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE. AND DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO CLEANSE POLITICS AND BUREAUCRACY OFF BAD ELEMENTS. MR MODI IS WELL POISED TO UNDERTAKE THESE TASKS. POLITICS OF SUBSIDIES IS BLEEDING THE ECONOMY. MR. MODI MUST DO IT IN A HUMANE MANNER.
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                        Pawar RS
                        Mar 12, 2017 at 7:24 am
                        call for elections in both Manipur and goa !!
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                          Abhimanyu
                          Mar 12, 2017 at 3:32 pm
                          The taklu gunda will k1ll democracy in India.
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                            G k
                            Mar 12, 2017 at 4:01 am
                            BJP por vote share in Goa is 5℅ more than Congress. It has given a fractured verdict. It will be good if BJP rules because of friendly government at Centre.
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                              William
                              Mar 12, 2017 at 2:02 am
                              There is no unity among Congress. They always fight for power, though it's losing to BJP.
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                                h
                                Mar 12, 2017 at 3:36 am
                                I think Goa has a huge impact of demonetization. I was in goa in November and there were very less tourists. People were unhappy and frustated.
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                                  George Cruz
                                  Mar 12, 2017 at 1:54 am
                                  It is obvious that the majority of the Goan Catholics voted blindly for the congress as usual.
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                                    K S
                                    Mar 12, 2017 at 7:54 am
                                    Single largest party must be called to form Government.
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                                      Murali
                                      Mar 12, 2017 at 4:46 am
                                      I read all your posts. Why don't you become the editor of The Indian Express instead of just posting your views here. You have excellent command over English. By the way I like your name. It is very sweet and short
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                                        Jp
                                        Mar 12, 2017 at 5:09 am
                                        Congress mukt Bharat is going to happen and is happening in front of all...nobody looted country as bad as Congress did...adding other regional parties to follow them...congress is most communal party
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                                          ram
                                          Mar 12, 2017 at 7:19 am
                                          No more democracy in India.lt;br/gt;The voting machines will keep BJP in power for another 20 years.
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                                            Truth is
                                            Mar 12, 2017 at 5:36 am
                                            Congress has still chances in 2019 LS elections. Every pundit is writing off Congress in 2019, but the reality is different. Even some Congressmen has started thinking like this.But to write off Congress is nothing but foolery. The Victory in Punjab is the first victory of congress since 2012 and Congress is able to capture Goa and hold onto Manipur.Now that APP has gone, Congress can win Gujarat, they can defeat BJP, then MP, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh and this will drastically change the political climate in favour of Congress in 2019. Instead of crying, it is time for congress to celebrate that they were able to win an embly election since 2012
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