Voting underway for Goa Rajya Sabha seat, BJP's Vinay Tendulkar faces Congress's Shantaram Naik

Voting is underway in Panaji for the election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Goa.

PTI July 21, 2017 12:39:38 IST
Voting underway for Goa Rajya Sabha seat, BJP's Vinay Tendulkar faces Congress's Shantaram Naik

Panaji: Voting is underway in Panaji for the election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Goa. There is a straight fight between Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar and state Congress chief Shantaram Naik for the seat.

Voting underway for Goa Rajya Sabha seat BJPs Vinay Tendulkar faces Congresss Shantaram Naik

Representational image. Reuters

Naik, a sitting Rajya Sabha member, is seeking a third consecutive term.

As many as 18 legislators from the ruling group cast their votes after polling began in the Legislative Assembly building in Porvorim at 10 am.

During the first two hours, 36 out of the 38 legislators, who are eligible for voting, cast their votes.

The result will be announced by Friday evening.

The BJP has 12 legislators in the 40-member state Assembly. Its allies comprise Goa Forward Party and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party having three legislators each, and three independents, taking its tally to 21.

The Congress has 16 MLAs in the state.

Two MLAs — Siddharth Kuncolienkar and Vishwajit Rane — had earlier resigned.

NCP MLA Churchill Alemao has kept his cards close to his chest.

Alemao on Thursday said he would not like to disclose whom he was supporting.

Tendulkar had earlier expressed confidence about his victory. "The numbers are with us," he said,

Naik also said he was hopeful of winning the election.

Updated Date:

also read

Gujarat Assembly Elections 2022: Why just double engine, Gujarat needs BJP’s 'Triple-Engine Sarkar', says Hardik Patel
Politics

Gujarat Assembly Elections 2022: Why just double engine, Gujarat needs BJP’s 'Triple-Engine Sarkar', says Hardik Patel

Reiterating that he will be the youngest MLA in the Gujarat Vidhan Sabha, Patel said his area of focus would be development work in Viramgam, the constituency from where he is contesting

PM Modi targets Rahul Gandhi for walking with Medha Patkar during Bharat Jodo Yatra
Politics

PM Modi targets Rahul Gandhi for walking with Medha Patkar during Bharat Jodo Yatra

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday targeted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for walking with Narmada Bachao Andolan activist Medha Patkar during the Bharat Jodo Yatra

Maalamal in Gujarat: Who are the state's crorepati candidates?
Politics

Maalamal in Gujarat: Who are the state's crorepati candidates?

With total assets amounting to Rs 661 crore, BJP's Jayanti Patel is the richest candidate from Gujarat. He joins Balwantsinh Rajput and six others in the 'Richie Rich' club