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Goa Election Results 2022 Highlights: With 20 seats and support of three Independents, Pramod Sawant set to return as CM

Goa Election Results 2022 Today, Goa Assembly Election Result 2022 Latest News Updates: Goa witnessed a multi-cornered contest with parties including the BJP, Congress, Trinamool Congress, and AAP in the fray.

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR , Varsha Sriram , Srishti Kapoor , Susobhan Roy | New Delhi, Panjim |
Updated: March 11, 2022 10:49:07 pm
Goa Election Results 2022 Live UpdatesMore than 300 candidates contested for the 40 assembly seats which is witnessing a multi-cornered contest with parties including the BJP, Congress, Trinamool Congress, and AAP in the fray.

Goa Election Results 2022 Updates: The BJP appears set for a victory in Goa, with the saffron party victorious in 20 of the 40 assembly seats. Meanwhile, Independent candidates Antonio Vas, Chandrakant Shetye and Alex Reginald vouched their support to the saffron party.

Goa witnessed a multi-cornered contest with parties including the BJP, Congress, Trinamool Congress, and AAP in the fray. In 2017, the Congress had emerged as the single largest party in the state, winning 17 seats but the BJP, which won 13 seats, managed to form the government with the support of the Goa Forward Party and the MGP which had won three seats each, and two independents.

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In order to avoid repeating the 2017 fiasco, the Congress shifted all the candidates who had contested the Assembly polls to a luxury resort in Bambolim village near Panaji on Tuesday evening. Congress leader P Chidambaram held a meeting with the Goa Assembly poll candidates of his party and those of ally GFP on Wednesday night, where it was decided that the alliance will name its leader after the election results are out and stake claim for government formation, PTI reported. Meanwhile, sitting BJP Goa CM Pramod Sawant travelled to Delhi Tuesday to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The Congress on Wednesday said that talks were underway with the AAP for gaining support for government formation in Goa if there was a hung Assembly.

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22:41 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Goa: Differences emerge within BJP on accepting MGP's support

Some newly-elected BJP MLAs in Goa are against accepting the support of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), sources said on Friday.

State BJP chief Sadanand Shet Tanavade said the decision will be taken by the party high command and he would not like to react to the MGP's offer to support the party to form the next government.

BJP sources said some MLAs including Ponda legislator Ravi Naik, Priol MLA Govind Gaude and Dabolim MLA Mauvin Godinho expressed strong objections to including the MGP in the government.

The MGP contested the recently-held Assembly elections in alliance with the Trinamool Congress Party (TMC). But after the results were declared on Thursday and it became clear that the BJP would be only one seat short of the majority mark, the MGP offered support to the saffron party. (PTI)

22:06 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Sonowal greets CMs of UP, Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand for 'magnificent victory' of BJP

Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday greeted the outgoing chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa and Uttarakhand for the BJP's victory in the four states and said the win came due to the double engine growth witnessed under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sonowal greeted the chief ministers -- Yogi Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh) Pramod Sawant (Goa), N Biren Singh (Manipur) and Pushkar Singh Dhami (Uttarakhand) -- through separate telephonic conversations.

"Spoke to Uttar Pradesh CM Shri @myogiadityanath ji over phone & congratulated him on the historic victory by @BJP4UP. The sacred land of Prabhu Shri Ram is moving fast on the Double Engine of growth under the leadership of PM Shri @narendramodi ji. Conveyed my best wishes to him," he tweeted.

Sonowal said the coastal state of Goa is India's pride and is rapidly growing under the guidance of the prime minister.

"Had a telephonic conversation with Goa CM Shri @DrPramodPSawant ji and congratulated him on the impressive win by @BJP4Goa. Wished him the best for the future," he said. (PTI)

21:43 (IST)11 Mar 2022
After poll debacle, blame game erupts in Congress; Mamata pushes for anti-BJP alliance, PM holds roadshow in Ahmedabad

A blame game erupted in the Congress on Friday over its Assembly polls debacle even as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee pushed for an opposition alliance to take on the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, a day after the saffron party stormed back to power in Uttar Pradesh and retained three other states.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during 'Panchayati Raj Sammelan', in Ahmedabad. (PTI)

Fresh from the poll victories that consolidated the BJP's position, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a roadshow in Ahmedabad in his home state as his open car, decorated with floral garlands, traversed the 10-km distance from the airport to Kamalam, the state BJP headquarters. Assembly polls are due to be held in Gujarat towards the end of this year.

Modi attributed the BJP's impressive performance in the four states to people voting for development, which he stressed, should be the top priority of elected representatives in a democracy. He said voters in the four states have now realised that governments are elected for doing development.

The prime minister was addressing over one lakh representatives from the three tiers of the Panchayati Raj institutions in the state at a 'Panchayat Mahasammelan' in Ahmedabad. (PTI)

19:41 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Poll results unfortunate, but we will regain people's confidence soon: Mallikarjun Kharge

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday termed the assembly poll results unfortunate, but said the party will win back the confidence of people soon.

The Congress received a drubbing in assembly elections in five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur and drew a blank, losing Punjab to the Aam Aadmi Party.

"In my political career spanning 50 years, I have seen many highs and lows of the Congress party. It is unfortunate to see the assembly results, but one should remember that we are the only ones who can fight fascist forces. We will regain the confidence of the people soon," Kharge, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, said on Twitter. (PTI)

18:52 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Day after Assembly election results in five states, Sharad Pawar meets Uddhav Thackeray

A day after the results of Assembly elections in five states were announced, NCP president Sharad Pawar on Friday evening met his ally and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray here.

Sharad Pawar with Uddhav Thackeray. (File)

The meeting, which came against the backdrop of the BJP's stellar performance in Uttar Pradesh and victories in Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, took place at `Varsha', the official residence of the chief minister. The Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party had contested the Goa assembly polls in alliance but could not win a single seat.

The Sena also drew a blank in Uttar Pradesh where it had fielded candidates. The Thackeray-Pawar meeting also came after BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis alleged that the Sena-NCP-Congress government in Maharashtra was trying to frame up BJP leaders in false cases, and submitted a video purportedly showing a public prosecutor being party to one such plan. (PTI)

18:14 (IST)11 Mar 2022
TMC got 6% votes in Goa within 3 months of party's launch in state: Mamata Banerjee

After losing in the Goa Assembly elections 2022, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday said, "TMC got six per cent votes in Goa within three months of the party's launch there. It is enough." 

17:15 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Alemao, Kavlekar among heavyweights who face defeat at hands of greenhorns

Capt Venzy Viegas, a merchant navy officer-turned-politician, who defeated veteran politician and former Goa chief minister Churchill Alemao in this year's assembly polls in the coastal state, is not the only one who has emerged as a giant killer in the coastal state. Like him, several new entrants and greenhorns made a number of established politicians bite the dust in Goa, where the BJP won 20 out of 40 seats, emerging as the single largest party.

 Churchill Alemao. (File)

Alemao, who was considered as the "uncrowned king" of Benaulim assembly segment, had contested the February 14 election on Trinamool Congress (TMC) ticket. But Capt Viegas, who was fielded by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), defeated him with a margin of 1,271 votes.

"My victory was expected as people of my constituency stood with my party and its policies. Anti-corruption was the major plank on which we fought," Viegas had said after the results on Thursday. Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar, an influential leader, faced defeat at the hands of businessman-turned-politician Altone D'Costa in Quepem constituency. 

D'Costa, who contested as a Congress candidate, defeated Kavlekar with a big margin of 3,601 votes. Kavlekar had quit the Congress in 2019 along with nine other party MLAs, and joined the ruling BJP. (PTI)

17:03 (IST)11 Mar 2022
BJP's victory in four states not reflection of popular mandate: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday termed the BJP's victory in assembly elections in four states as “not a true reflection of people's mandate” and accused the saffron camp of looting votes by using the election machinery.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (File)

Reiterating her call for an opposition alliance to defeat the BJP, Banerjee said there is no use of “sitting" idle and waiting for the Congress.

"The party (BJP) should not raise its voice much just because they have won in a few states. This victory is not a true reflection of the people's mandate. This verdict is because of the blatant use of the election machinery to loot votes.

“Akhilesh Yadav (of the Samajwadi Party) has lost not because of people's mandate but due to loot of votes," Banerjee said. She was speaking at a press conference after the West Bengal government presented the state budget for 2022-23 fiscal in the assembly. (PTI)

16:45 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Suhas Palshikar explains the 2022 Assembly polls results today

What does the BJP’s win in Uttar Pradesh signify? Will the AAP now qualify as a national party after winning in Punjab? How will the results impact Goa?

Four of the five states that went to polls voted the BJP to power, while the Aam Aadmi Party swept Punjab. (Express Photo)

The results of the Assembly election in five states — Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand — have thrown open the door for bigger questions on governance, election strategies and what lies ahead for the people and the parties they have elected. (Read more)

16:28 (IST)11 Mar 2022
‘Battle for India will be fought in 2024’: Prashant Kishor hits back at PM Modi’s remark

A day after the BJP recorded spectacular victories in Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa and Uttarakhand, poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Friday asserted that the election results in these states will not have any impact in the next Lok Sabha  elections as “battle for India would be fought and decided in 2024 & not in any state elections.”

Kishor’s remark came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, elated over the BJP’s victories, said he hoped “political pundits, who did not think much of the party’s 2019 (Lok Sabha) win saying it had already been decided by the 2017 UP results, will now have the courage to say that the 2022 (UP) results have decided the 2024 (Lok Sabha) results.” (Read more)

15:45 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Swearing-in ceremony will be decided by central observer: Goa CM

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant after winning the state Assembly Elections said, 'Today was the last cabinet meeting of the tenure. We thanked everyone. We also took a resolution to dissolve the assembly from March 14 as tenure is ending.'

He also said that the swearing-in ceremony of new government will be decided by the central observer.

15:14 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Day after poll results, Goa cabinet decides to recommend dissolution of assembly on Mar 14

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, whose party BJP has won 20 out of 40 seats in the state assembly polls, on Friday held a meeting of his cabinet, during which it was decided to recommend dissolution of the House on March 14. State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane told this to reporters after the cabinet meeting.

 Goa CM Pramod Sawant interacts with the media after the Goa Assembly elections' results, in Panaji. (PTI)

"We met to thank the people for a resounding victory of the party. During the meeting, a resolution was moved to thank the people of the state," he said. "The meeting chaired by CM Sawant decided to recommend to the state governor dissolution of the House on Monday," Rane added.

The tenure of the present assembly is scheduled to end on 15 March. (PTI)

14:31 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Goa: Cong, MGP's vote share slumps; slight rise for BJP, AAP

The vote share of the Congress, which won 11 assembly seats in Goa this time, plunged by nearly five per cent as compared to what it was in the previous election, while the BJP, which retained power in the coastal state, saw a marginal rise in it, the data shared by the Election Commission shows. 

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), witnessed a slight increase in its vote share in the state, while the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), a regional party that declared support to the BJP to form the next government in the state after the results, saw its vote share dip by over three per cent. 
As per the data, the Congress's vote share slipped down from 28.4 per cent in 2017 to 23.5 per cent, but for the BJP, it went up from 32.5 per cent to 33.3 per cent. 
As per the poll results declared on Thursday, the BJP, which had fielded candidates from all 40 assembly constituencies in Goa, won 20 seats. The Congress had contested 37 seats, leaving three others to its alliance partner, Goa Forward Party (GFP), which won one.         
The vote share of the MGP dipped from 11.3 per cent in 2017 to 7.6 per cent. The Deepak Dhavalikar-led party had contested 13 seats, where it fought in alliance with the Trinamool Congress Party (TMC). The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC failed to win any seat. 
The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, which had entered the electoral fray in Goa with all its might, registered a slight gain in the vote share - from 6.3 per cent in 2017 to 6.8 per cent this time. ---PTI

13:54 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Goa’s youth party, which played insider-outsider card, wins 1 seat

MONTHS AHEAD of elections, the Revolutionary Goans (RG), a political outfit led by Tukaram alias Manoj Parad, waited to be registered as a political party. But long before that, youths clad in black walked the streets of Goa, accosted “migrants” engaged in “illegal activities”, and posted vidoes on social media in which its members took them to task. Read more

10:44 (IST)11 Mar 2022
In Goa, TMC draws a blank despite high-decibel campaign; ally walks over to BJP

Despite a high-decibel campaign, a pre-poll alliance and the might of poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s iPAC, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) was completely rejected by the Goan voter. It ended with no seats in the 40-member Assembly and a vote share of 5.21 percent.

Contesting from TMC, former Goa chief minister Churchill Alemao, a five-time MLA who has won from Benaulim seat on different party tickets, lost to Aam Aadmi Party debutant Venzy Viegas. Read more 

10:00 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Goa Assembly Election Results 2022 Explained: BJP makes candidates count

BJP choices: The BJP’s emphasis on winnability of candidates seems to have worked. It faced criticism for giving tickets to two couples, choosing defectors over its loyal cadre, but emerged as the single largest party.

Divided opposition: The opposition was more of a crowd and less of a group, which reflects in the results. Congress leaders acknowledged that opposition votes were split among parties including the Aam Aadmi Party, Trinamool Congress, Revolutionary Goans and independents. Read more 

05:59 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Goa’s youth party, which played insider-outsider card, wins 1 seat

Months ahead of elections, the Revolutionary Goans (RG), a political outfit led by Tukaram alias Manoj Parad, waited to be registered as a political party. But long before that, youths clad in black walked the streets of Goa, accosted “migrants” engaged in “illegal activities”, and posted vidoes on social media in which its members took them to task.

The RG was later registered as a party and assigned the football symbol. It contested 38 seats, defeated the BJP in St Andre by 76 votes, and is now set to send its first MLA to the Goa Assembly.

A party of young Goans, aged between 25 and 35 years, mostly from the state’s Bahujan Samaj, the RG sprang a surprise, not just because it won a seat, but also because it garnered over 3,000 votes in some other constituencies too. Its candidates cut into the votes of not just the BJP, but also the Congress and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP). Read Mayura Janwalkar's report

05:56 (IST)11 Mar 2022
In Goa, despite high-decibel campaign, TMC draws a blank

Despite a high-decibel campaign, a pre-poll alliance and the might of poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s iPAC, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) was completely rejected by the Goan voter. It ended with no seats in the 40-member Assembly and a vote share of 5.21 per cent.

Contesting from TMC, former Goa chief minister Churchill Alemao, a five-time MLA who has won from Benaulim seat on different party tickets, lost to AAP debutant Venzy Viegas. In neighboring Navelim, also in Salcete taluka, where BJP has often found it hard to win, the ruling party had an advantage after votes were split between Alemao’s daughter, Valanka, who contested from the constituency on a TMC ticket, the Congress and AAP, who all fielded “winnable” candidates.

The TMC arrived in Goa with much pomp and fare towards the end of September last year. That its entry was late for a serious contender was something the party denied consistently. While Banerjee made two trips to the state before the elections, she did not come to the state to campaign for the party’s candidates. Read Mayura Janwalkar's report

05:32 (IST)11 Mar 2022
BJP set for third term with support, Congress blames split in votes

The BJP is set to form the government in Goa for the third consecutive time, winning 20 of the total 40 seats in the Assembly on Thursday. With its former ally, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (two seats), which was in a pre-poll alliance with the Trinamool Congress (TMC), extending support to the BJP after the results were announced, and three Independent candidates also backing it, the BJP was well over the halfway mark.

The TMC drew a blank, while the AAP made an entry into the Goa Assembly with two seats. The youth-driven Revolutionary Goans also won a seat. The Congress won 11 seats, while ally Goa Forward Party (GFP) got just one seat.

While the BJP had won 13 seats in 2017, its strength in the House went up to 27 after the defections in 2019. The Congress had won 17, but its numbers were down to 5 in the outgoing House. “We had said this before and we are saying this again, that even if we get full majority, we will take some people with us. The MGP has given us a letter of support. Two of their MLAs and three Independents will be with us. Some others may also join us, the BJP will form the government with a comfortable majority,” said the party’s Goa election in-charge Devendra Fadnavis. Read Mayura Janwalkar's report

21:23 (IST)10 Mar 2022
Goa CM Pramod Savant addresses newly elected BJP MLAs

BJP candidates during a meeting chaired by BJP Goa election in-charge Devendra Fadnavis, a day before the results of Goa Assembly elections, in Panaji, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. (PTI Photo)

Parties including the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) have campaigned aggressively in the state this time. While the Congress had a pre-poll alliance with the Goa Forward Party (GFP), Mamata Banerjee’s TMC joined hands with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP). The Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) also joined hands in Goa, while Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP and the BJP are fighting it alone for now. However, the BJP said that it was in talks to form an alliance with MGP.

The prominent candidates in the elections include Chief Minister Pramod Sawant of the (BJP), Leader of the Opposition Digambar Kamat (Congress), Ravi Naik (BJP), Laxmikant Parsekar (independent), former CMs Churchill Alemao (TMC), late CM Manohar Parrikar's son Utpal Parrikar, former Deputy CMs Vijai Sardesai (GFP) and Sudin Dhavalikar (MGP), and AAP's CM face Amit Paleker.

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