With the polling concluding in all five states — Goa, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Uttar Pradesh — pollsters will start churning out exit polls results by 5.30 pm onwards. Pollsters seem to be divided over the election outcome in Goa. While the India Today-My Axis Poll predicts a clear majority for BJP, the Huffpost-CVoter predicts a hung Assembly.
According to the India Today-My Axis Poll, the incumbent BJP is expected to win between 23 and 27 seats, while the Congress will win just 12 to 14 seats. Meanwhile, the Huffpost-CVoter poll predicts a hung Assembly in the state. While the Congress is expected to be the single largest party with 16 seats, the BJP is a close second with 15 seats.
According to Goa Chief Electoral Officer Kunal, the overall polling percentage on 4 February was 81. Out of the 11.10 lakh registered voters,
8,98,507 exercised their franchise. The constituencies in the mining and tourism belts saw more than the average polling, as per the EC estimates.
Though as many as 250 candidates, including many Independents, are in the fray for the 40 seats, the fight is mainly between ruling BJP, Congress, AAP and MGP-led alliance. The counting of votes will be done 11 March.
Both the Congress and the BJP claimed victory with a comfortable majority ahead of the counting of votes in the February 4 Assembly polls.
"We are expecting 23 to 25 seats. We should have the majority this time. I know that many, including some of our senior leaders, were saying that the Congress will not get more than three seats. The situation is now from minus to plus," said state Congress president Luizinho Faleiro.
Faleiro also said that the Congress was open to support from leaders of other political parties and Independent candidates.
"As I said before, if any other candidate believes in the Congress ideology, programme and manifesto, they're free to support us," Faleiro said.
State BJP president Vinay Tendulkar also expressed confidence about winning the Assembly elections. Tendulkar said that the ruling party would win 22-23 seats in the 40-member Goa legislative Assembly.
"The BJP is sure to win 22-23 seats when results are declared on 11 March," Tendulkar said.
When asked whether current chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar would be anointed to the post once again if the party wins the polls, Tendulkar said: "That is up to the party MLAs and the Parliamentary board."
(Inputs from agencies)
Published Date: Mar 09, 2017 08:19 pm | Updated Date: Mar 09, 2017 08:19 pm