Goa polls: History will be created, says Kejriwal

PM Modi has urged people of Punjab and Goa to turnout in record numbers and vote in the Assembly elections.

Goa polls: History will be created, says Kejriwal

North Goa registers 55% voter turnout while South Goa witnesses 52% polling. Total voter turnout in Goa recorded at 53% till 1:00 pm.

Arvind Kejriwal, who is debuting his AAP in both Punjab and Goa, said history will be created.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said that he is a "party man" who will work as per the directions of party leaders while choosing to keep mum on the whether he will return to Goa.

"I will repeat what Amitji (Amit Shah) has said on this issue). I am a partyman, let party decide," he told reporters when asked if he would be the next Goa CM, if his party is voted to power.

Union AYUSH minister Shripad Naik said BJP would be formed the next government in Goa with a comfortable majority, bagging 21-26 seats in the 40-member State Legislative Assembly.

“We are going to get the majority votes. My prediction is that we will get between 21 to 26 seats,” said Naik.

“Considering the response received by BJP, we feel the party will get two-three more seats than the last time. The voters have shown tremendous enthusiasm in favour of BJP which was witnessed during the election campaign,” the minister said.

Voting for the Goa Assembly election started at 7 am on Saturday morning. Over 8,000 additional paramilitary personnel, in addition to the state police, have been deployed at the 1,642 polling stations across the state and other strategic locations to maintain law and order.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters to turn up in huge numbers and exercise their voting rights.

“Urging people of Punjab & Goa to turnout in record numbers & vote in the Assembly elections. I particularly urge my young friends to vote,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

Earlier in the day, Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar casts his vote at a polling booth in North Goa’s Arambol.

Speaking to media persons, the Goa CM said: “We will win with a complete and comfortable majority, will continue development work and most importantly job creation.”

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has also cast his vote. He said: “Initial reports suggest good turnout, Goa might cross last year’s turnout of 84% & BJP will win with 2/3 rd majority.”