Battle for Goa: High voter turnout of 83 % recorded

RSTV Bureau
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a queue outside a polling booth to cast his vote in Goa on Saturday.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a queue outside a polling booth to cast his vote in Goa on Saturday.

On Saturday, Goa recorded 83 per cent voter turnout for the Assembly polls in the state. Polling, which began at 7 am, ended at 5 pm.

The polling percentage is higher than the 81.8 per cent which was recorded in the 2012 assembly polls. The 2012 polls saw the BJP wresting power from the Congress.

The election is being closely fought by major political forces BJP, Congress, AAP and MGP-led alliance, who have been campaigning in the coastal state for the past two months.

BJP, which had a pre-poll alliance in 2012, is going it alone this time, after the MGP snapped the partnership and forged a front with Goa Suraksha Manch floated by RSS rebel Subhas Velingkar and Shiv Sena.

BJP has put up 36 aspirants, Congress 37 and AAP is contesting on 39 seats, and each of them backing independents in a few seats.

Polling will decide the fate of over 250 candidates fighting for 40 constituencies.

Goa’s former CM, who is at present the Union Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar was among the early voters who voted at a polling booth located in the heart of Panaji city.

Union minister Shripad Naik and Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar were also among the early voters who cast their ballots.

The polls will decide future of Goa’s five former chief ministers Churchill Alemao, Pratapsinh Rane, Ravi Naik, Digambar Kamat and Luizinho Faleiro and the incumbent Lxmikant Parsekar.

BJP’s campaign was studded with several national leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah addressing rallies support for the candidates.

(With inputs from PTI)