Panaji, March 11: Being typically a Congress-ruled state, the focus on Goa will be if BJP managed to retain power in the state. With Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar campaigning aggressively for the state, there were speculations that the former Goa CM may return to power in the state. Making the assumptions right, current Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that he is ready to work under Parrikar if he returns to Goa as CM while exhuming confidence of BJP victory’s victory in the state.
The fight for 40 member assembly saw an impressive turnout of 83 per cent which went to polls on March 4. BJP’s poll campaign spearheaded by Parrikar led to the speculations that he may return to Goa as the chief minister if the party returns to power in the state. BJP has fielded candidates in 36 constituencies in the state. In the 2011 Assembly elections, BJP won Mandrem seat by a margin of 3,435 votes. Laxmikant Parsekar who stood from the constituency got 11,955 votes. Dayanand Raghunath Sopte of Congress was the nearest contender who got 8,520 votes. Goa Assembly Elections 2017: Amid talks of Manohar Parrikar’s return, Laxmikant Parsekar presents himself as CM candidate
Though there is no official statement on it, some senior party leaders said that during the campaigning, the chief ministerial nominee would be chosen by legislators. Meanwhile, Congress has fielded candidates on 37 seats in the state with candidates of United Goa, Gao Forward and independent. The elections will decide the fate of alliance between Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) and the Shiv Sena. While AAP has contested in 39 seats for which Delhi Chief Minsister Arvind Kejriwal campaigned. In 2012 Assembly polls, the BJP had come to power in Goa with 21 seats while the Congress had got 9 seats, MGP 3, Goa Vikas Party 2 and Independents 5.