Goa, March 11: The Election Commission of India will today declare the results for the much awaited Goa Assembly elections 2017 from the constituency of Mandrem in North Goa. The constituency is particularly important keeping in mind the fact that the incumbent Chief Minister of the state and BJP candidate, Laxmikanth Parsekar is contesting the elections from the very same constituency. Also Read - Good News, Beach Lovers! North Goa’s Candolim, Calangute, and Anjuna Beach Shacks Likely to Open from November
The Chief Electoral Office and District Administration have confirmed that Mandrem constituency, will be taken up for counting first in the state at 8:30 AM. Other key candidates who are contesting from Mandrem and giving a tough fight to Parsekar include, Devendra Prabhudesai of the Aam Aadmi Party and Shridhar Mandrekar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party. Also Read - Prisoner Escapes From Goa Jail After He Was Asked to Dump Garbage Outside, Manhut Launched
The constituency is also the home base for Congress’ Dayanand Sopte who lost to Parsekar in the 2012 Assembly elections from the very same constituency. In fact, the state’s first Chief Minister, Dayanand Bandodkar, contested and won the assembly elections from the Mandrem constituency in December 1963. Also Read - COVID-19 Treatment Facility And Police Unable to Locate Goa Barman After he Tested Positive For Coronavirus
The other key constituency that will be going to polls from North Goa is the state capital of Panaji. The constituency has traditionally been strongly in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Further, the constituency belonged to the current Defence Minister of India and key BJP leader from Goa, Manohar Parrikar.
The Aam Aadmi party, that has launched itself into the Goan electoral process for the very first time will be fielding Valmiki Naik from the Panaji constituency. Naik is a key leader of the party in the state and also serves as its state convenor. Currently, legislator Siddharth Kuncolienkar represents the Bharatiya Janata Party from the constituency. Meanwhile, Congress veteran Atanasio ‘Babush‘ Monserrate, also contested the February 4 polls from the Mandrem constituency.
The Aam Aadmi Party has gone the extra mile to ensure that it wins the state capital. after launching a separate manifesto for the Panaji constituency, the party’s representative Valmiki Naik had said, “After conducting door-to-door campaigning, we are witnessing that even now, people are facing a problem with accessing basic necessities. The plan for Panaji changes every five years. We need a 25-year vision. We will conduct ward sabhas where a team comprising the MLA, local corporator and government officials will interact with the people.”He then added, “I would like to invite Siddharth Kuncolienkar and Atanasio Monserrate alias Babush for a public debate as it would be beneficial for the people of Panaji.”
The counting of the postal ballots will commence at 8 am while the counting of the electronic voting machine votes will begin at 8:30 am. Stay with us as we bring to you live news updates from the two most critical constituencies of North Goa in Assembly elections 2017, Mandrem and Panaji.