The counting of votes for all 40 seats concluded on Saturday evening with Congress emerging as the single largest party in the state with 17 seats. While BJP finished closely with 13 seats. Other parties got 10 seats.
Missing the magic majority mark of 21 seats, Congress would be hoping to form the government in the state with the support of other parties. While BJP can pull out surprise support and claim stake to form the government.
Initially, at the start of counting on Saturday, Congress trailed behind BJP in early trends. Looking at the mandate after the result, it seems like anti-incumbency votes were cast in the state. Another surprise came in the form of AAP- which failed to open its account in the seat tally.
Before the results, the main fight for the 40-member assembly, which went to polls on February 4 and recorded an impressive turnout of 83 per cent, was between the BJP and the Congress.
As it happened:
BJP leader Manohar Parrikar on Goa Election Results: We don't try to pass on the buck; we all responsible for fractured mandate. Party will stake claim if it gets enough support.
Latest updates: Congress ahead on the tally with 17 seats, BJP catching up with 13 seats. 'Others' to be crucial for making government.
Latest update: Congress increases its win tally to 14, leading on 3 seats. BJP not too far behind with 12 seats with lead on 1 seat.
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Congress heading to emerge as single largest party in Goa, with 14 seats in kitty, the party is giving a tough fight to BJP.
BJP still leads on 2 seats, Congress ahead on 1 seat. Another independent candidate leading on 1 seat.
Congress wins 13 seats, while BJP victorious at 12 constituencies. Close fight going on with others getting 9 seats.
"Parsekar is to be blamed for the defeat. BJP- MGP together could bag 25 seats' Sudin Dhavalikar qouted by The Indian Express
In Thivim, Congress’ Nilkant Halarnkar defeats BJP’s sitting MLA Kiran Kandolkar
Congress leading in 16 seats, BJP in 14, Others leading in 8seats
Carlos Almeida of BJP is leading in Vasco, Hemant Golatkar leading in St. Cruz
'We accept our defeat, ready for tomorrow': Kapil Mishra
Sidharth Sripad Kuncalienker of BJP is leading from Panaji
We are disappointed with the results. We will introspect on the reasons behind the (poor) performance: AAP leader Ashutosh
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Ravi Naik of the Congress has won from Ponda
Congress takes lead in 16 seats, BJP leading in 12, Oothers 8
Former Goa CM Digambar Kamat of the Congress wins from Margao
Congress' Ravi Naik is leading in Ponda. BJP's Sunil Desai is trailing.
BJP takes lead over congress in 13 constituencies
Cumbarjua seats goes to BJP’s Pandurang Madkaikar with 12,225 votes
BJP takes back lead, ahead in 11 seats while Congress is leading in 10 seats
In Marcaim, Sudin Dhavalikar of the MGP is leading over Pradeep Shet of the BJP. MGP will hold the key to which party forms government if it ends up in a hung assembly.
Congress leader and former CM Digambar Kamat is leading in Margao
Congress takes lead in 14 seats, BJP ahead in 10
Rajendra Arlekar of the BJP is trailing. MGP’s Manohar Trimbak Ajgaonkar is leading
With BJP and Congress neck-and-neck, the real test begins now as counting for the remaining 20 constituencies has begun.
Sudin Dhavalikar of MGP is leading in Marcaim
Congress is leading in 13 seats, BJP in 9 while others leading in 6 seats
AAP CM candidate for Goa Elvis Gomes loses from Conculim
Former Goa CM and Congress leader Pratapsingh Rane wins from Poriem constituency
Francis D Souza of BJP wins from Mapusa
BJP CM Laxmikant Parsekar has lost the election in Goa
BJP leads reaches double digit, ahead in 10 seats
BJP CM Laxmikant Parsekar trails Congress candidate Dayanand Sopte by 3,826 votes in Mandrem constituency.
AAP CM candidate for Goa Elvis Gomes currently at third position in Cuncolim, Congress' Clafasio Dias is leading
Jennifer Atanasio Monserrate of Congress is leading from Taleigao
Goa trends (25/40): Congress+ leads in 11, BJP+ leads in 7, AAP 0, Others 4
Congress has now taken lead in 12 seats trailing BJP behind 4 seats
AAP's CM candidate for the state, Elvis Gomes, is trailing in Cuncolim constituency
Its a neck to neck between Cong and BJP in Goa, Cong ahead in 9 seats while BJP leads in 7
No signs of AAP in Goa, Cong and BJP leading on 8 seats each
No signs of AAP in Goa, Congress leading in 8 seats, BJP in 6 seats, joining in Others leading in 3 seats
Early trends show Congress leading in 8 seats, BJP ahead in 5
Congress leading in 8 seats, BJP+ in 3, Others in 2 seats
Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar trailing by 1000+ votes, Congress leading from Mandrem
AAP no where in Goa, early trends give Congress lead in 4 seats
AAP no where in Goa, early trends show Congress leading in 4 seats, BJP in 2
Initial trends show Congress leading in 4, BJP in 2 seats
Vishwajit Pratapsingh Rane of Congress leading from Valpoi seat in Goa
Congress' Francisco Manuel Silveira leading in St. Andre seat
Wilfred D Sa of Congress leading from Nuvem seat
Early trends till 9am show congress leading in 2 seats, BJP in 1 seat
Initial trends give Congress lead in 2, BJP ahead on 1 seat
Initial trends in, BJP ahead on one seat
Counting underway at two centres in Panaji and Margao
Counting on all 40 seats in Goa assembly begins
EVM votes counting will start after half hour of postal ballots counting
Counting to begin at 8am and Postal ballots would be counted first
Heavy police security outside counting centres in Panaji
CVoter exit poll has predicted a close-fought battle between the Congress and the BJP to gain control of Goa, with both parties unlikely to gain a clear majority in the 40-member state assembly. Axis exit poll’s prediction is cautiously hopeful of BJP coming back to power, bagging 18 to 22 seats. It estimates Congress will get between 9 and 13 seats, while AAP is predicted to be at the bottom of the table, with a maximum of two seats.
The key candidates are BJP's Laxmikant Parsekar, Congress' Luizinho Faleiro and AAP's Elvis Gomes
The BJP's poll campaign was led by Parrikar, which fuelled speculation that he may be chosen as chief minister if the the party returns to power in the state.
Incumbent Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar is also in the fray.
Though the BJP leadership has not come out with an official statement on the leadership issue, some senior party leaders said during campaigning that the chief ministerial nominee would be chosen by the elected legislators.
The Congress, the main opposition in the state, has fielded its nominees in 37 seats and backed the candidates of the United Goan, Goa Forward and an Independent in the rest.
The outcome will also decide the fate of the alliance between Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) and the Shiv Sena.
The MGP, one of the oldest regional outfits, broke alliance with the BJP before the elections, while the GSM was floated by RSS rebel Subhash Velingkar.
The combine, according to political analysts, could harm the BJP more than the Congress and the NCP.
A new entrant to the electoral scene in the coastal state, the AAP has contested in 39 seats and the leaders who campaigned for the party included Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Keenly watched constituencies in the state include Mandrem in North Goa from where Parsekar is seeking re-election and Panaji, which was represented by Parrikar before he moved to the Centre.
In 2012, the BJP had come to power in Goa with 21 seats, The Congress had got 9 seats, MGP 3, Goa Vikas Party 2 and Independents 5.