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Goa Assembly Election 2022: Will Manohar Parrikar’s Son Utpal be Able to Win Panaji As An Independent Candidate?

Utpal Parrikar, the son of former chief minister and BJP's tallest leader from Goa so far late Manohar Parrikar, is up as an Independent against the BJP's Atanasio Monserratte, who had quit the Congress in 2019.

Published: February 3, 2022 6:42 PM IST

By India.com News Desk | Edited by Ritu Singh

Will Manohar Parrikar's Son Utpal be Able to Win Panaji As An Independent Candidate
Will Manohar Parrikar's Son Utpal be Able to Win Panaji As An Independent Candidate

Goa Assembly Election 2022: Panaji is one of the 40 Legislative Assembly constituencies of Goa and a part of North Goa district. In 2017, Sidharth Sripad Kuncalienker of Bharatiya Janata Party won the seat by defeating Atanasio J. Monserrate from United Goans Party with a margin of 1069 votes. This time, the Goa assembly election is all set to be a multi-cornered contest with the entry of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC), set to give BJP a tough fight. While AAP has announced that it will contest all the 40 seats, the TMC has allied with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP). The Congress has joined hands with Vijay Sardesai’s Goa Forward Party (GFP).

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Snnubed by BJP, Will Manohar Parrikar’s son be able to win as an Independent?

Utpal Parrikar, the son of former chief minister and BJP’s tallest leader from Goa so far late Manohar Parrikar, is up as an Independent against the BJP’s Atanasio Monserratte, who had quit the Congress in 2019. Parrikar, an engineer, says he is staking his political career on fighting against the BJP’s candidate in Panaji, especially as his father built the party from the ground up in Goa and in particular, this constituency.

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Manohar Parrikar, a three-time Chief Minister, who died in 2019, held the Panaji seat for 25 years. Utpal Parrikar had urged the BJP to nominate him this time but the party opted to stick with Monserrate, offering him a different constituency instead. Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena dropped its candidate from Panaji and has decided to support Utpal.

”I was left with no other choice. I have resigned from the party and I would be contesting as an independent from Panaji,” Utpal Parrikar said.

Key Candidates

  1. Utpal Parrikar: Independent
  2. Atanasio Monserratte: Bharatiya Janata Party
  3. Elvis Gomes: Congress-Goa Forward Party
  4. Valmiki Naik: Aam Aadmi Party

BJP to Win Big, Predicts Zee opinion poll 

In Zee News Opinion Poll conducted for North Goa, the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to gain 38 per cent of the vote share in the region as compared to 36 per cent in 2017. The vote of the Aam Aadmi Party is also likely to increase its vote per cent from 6 per cent in 2017 to 10 per cent in 2022.

Meanwhile, the survey predicted that the vote share of Congress is likely to remain constent at 27 per cent in 2022, like that in 2017. Of the total 40 seats in Goa, 23 falls in North Goa and 17 in South Goa. The other regional parties, consisting Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP) among others are likely to lose their vote share from 31 per cent in 2017 to 25 per cent in 2022.

FULL SCHEDULE: GOA ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2022

The term of the current Goa assembly will expire on March 15, 2022. The elections for the 40-member Goa Assembly will be held in single-phase on February 14. The votes will be counted and the results will be declared on 10 March 2022. The EC is expected to implement a strict Covid-19 protocol as it announces poll dates amid a surge in coronavirus cases in India. Chief minister Pramod Sawant will be contesting from Sanquelim while deputy chief minister Manohar Ajgaonkar will contest from Margaon.

  • Date of Polling: February 14, 2022
  • Date of Counting: March 10, 2022

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Published Date: February 3, 2022 6:42 PM IST