Goa assembly elections campaign closes: Things you need to know
Laxmikant Parsekar led BJP government is contesting against the Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiv Sena-MGP-GSM grand alliance
The election campaign for the Goa Legislative Assembly which is due on February ended today. The results of the election for 40 assembly seats will be declared on March 11 along with other states including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur and Uttarakhand.
Laxmikant Parsekar led BJP government is contesting against the Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiv Sena-MGP-GSM grand alliance.
Shivsena formed an alliance with ousted RSS leader Subhash Velingkar's Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) and Maharashtrwadi Gomnatak Party which backed off from the BJP alliance ahead of the elections.
Important things you need to know
- AAP comparatively a new player in the scenario emerged as a prominent force in this election to 40 assembly seats
- The BJP is highly depending upon the Prime Minister old Narendra Modi wave and the popularity of former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to win the election. It is rumoured that Parrikar, who is current;y serving as the Union Defence Minister may return to become CM if BJP retains the power.
- AAP has declared Elvis Gomes, a former bureaucrat, as its chief ministerial candidate. By heavily banking on their "clean image" the party has launched a massive campaign.
- Giving a blow to BJP, former RSS state chief Subhash Velingkar has fielded a new outfit named Goa Suraksha Manch, and formulated an alliance with Maharashtrwadi Gomnatak Party and the Shiv Sena. Former PWD minister MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar is their CM candidate.
- The Election Commission has imposed a 48-hour prohibition in Goa, to bring down bribing by political parties using alcohol. The ban will start at 5 pm today and will continue till 5 pm on Saturday. The poll body has imposed prohibition on broadcasting or propagating election-related material on TV, radio or newspapers.