Panaji, February 3: Political campaigning has come to a screeching halt in Goa as the Assembly elections are set to be held in a single phase on Saturday. The outcome for political parties can now, only be decided by the turn-out of the voters and the parties’ success at convincing them.Also Read - 'Thappad se Darr Nahi Lagta', Uddhav Thackeray on BJP MLC’s Remark Against Shiv Sena Bhavan
Forty assembly seats will go to polls and there are 250 candidates who are contesting for them. The key parties that are in the fray are the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Aam Aadmi Party, Congress and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party among others. The term of the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party under the Chief Ministership of Laxmikanth Parsekar is set to end on the 18th of March, 2017. Also Read - 'Want Raghav, Not Electricity', Woman Tweets; Here's How AAP Leader Reacted
Meanwhile, the rivalry between political parties shows no signs of letting up. Just today, Aam Aadmi Party Convenor Arvind Kejriwal launched another personal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi by calling him a ‘shameless dictator’. Kejriwal used the rather uncouth terminology to describe the Prime Minister after the Income Tax department directed the Election Commission of India to cancel the status of the Aam Aadmi Party. (ALSO READ: Goa Assembly Elections 2017 Opinion Poll Results: BJP to secure thumping majority, AAP comes a close second) Also Read - Babul Supriyo Says Won't Join Any Party After Exit From BJP; Edits it Out Later
The Income tax department had asked that the action be taken for allegedly filing ‘false and fabricated’ reports on its donations. Expressing his anger at the IT department, the Delhi Chief Minister later tweeted, “Modiji’s dirty tricks. Losing badly in Goa n Punjab, he tries to de-register the winning party 24 hrs before elections. Shameless dictator.”
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the party reported Rs 27 crore as the net amount of donations. However, the I-T department said that the audit reports were filed in 2013-14 and 2014-15. A report from the department added, “the registration of AAP as a trust and as a party could be revisited and cancelled”.
Meanwhile, apart from the Aam Aadmi Party, another new front has been seen emerging in Goa. A three-party alliance, that will include the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, the Shiv Sena and Goa Suraksha Manch, with Former PWD minister and MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar as the chief ministerial candidate, has also laid solid groundwork for the polls.
The political parties have promised voters a wide variety of incentives including free petrol for youth and wheat at Rs 2, rice at Rs 3 and sugar at Rs 7 for the people of the state by the Congress, job creation and development by the BJP and promises of casino free tourism, eradication of drugs and prostitution from the AAP.
While Opinion pollsters such as the India Today Axis group, VDP Associates and Prudent media predict a return of the Bharatiya Janata Party government, the Kautilya opinion poll predicts that the Aam Aadmi Party might come to power in Goa. Stay with us as we bring to the latest happening of the Goa Assembly elections.
Poll-bound Goa has recorded an overall voter turnout of 67% till 3 PM
The voter turn out so far in North Goa 55%, in South Goa 52% while the total voter turnout in Goa thus far is 53%
Voting going on smoothly in Calangute constituency. A Goa police officer on duty was quoted by Firstpost saying, “It’s going on smoothly here. Response is very good. I guess about 40 percent votes have already been cast in the past five hours since voting started at 7 am”.