Panaji, March 11: Results of Goa Assembly elections 2017 will decide the fate of 251 candidates contesting in the poll. While the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to regain the control in the state, the debutant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has claimed to repeat its Delhi streak in Goa as well. The other key parties contesting in the goa Assembly include Congress and the grand alliance of Shiv Sena, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM).
In the 2017 Assembly elections, Goa registered a record voter turnout of 83 percent. Out of the 40 seats in Goa Assembly, BJP is contesting on 36 seats, Congress on 37 and AAP is contesting on 39 seats. Voting in Goa was held across 1,642 polling booths. The elections in the state were conducted on February 4 in a single phase.
The Goa Assembly election exit polls released on March 9 has predicted the ruling BJP to emerge as the single largest party in the state followed by Congress. The polls have projected AAP to open its account in the state.
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BJP contested the Goa Assembly elections under the leadership of incumbent Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar. The party used Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to campaign in the state. Meanwhile, the Congress and the grand alliance of Shiv Sena, MGP and GSM campaigned aggressively against BJP and both the parties claim to win maximum seats in the state. The debutant AAP, on the other hand, used the formula used by the party in Delhi and the party contested the elections on the issue of corruption and honest politics.
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