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    Goa election result: BJP leading in 19 seats, Congress in 10, MGP ahead in 4

    Goa election result: BJP leading in 19 seats, Congress in 10, MGP ahead in 4

    Goa election result: BJP leading in 19 seats, Congress in 10, MGP ahead in 4
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    Goa assembly elections: Counting got underway at 8 am at Government Polytechnic at Altinho in Panaji for 19 Assembly constituencies in North Goa and at Damodar College in Margao town for 21 seats in South Goa, an official said.

    The ruling BJP in Goa looks all set to score a hattrick in the coastal state with the support of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), political observers said, as vote counting trends of the February 14 elections indicated a hung House. As per the latest trends for all the 40 Assembly seats in Goa, BJP was leading in 19 seats, while Congress was ahead in 10 seats. MGP was ahead in 4 seats, AAP in two and Goa Forward Party and Revolutionary Goans Party ahead in one seat each. Independents were ahead in three seats.
    As no party will reach the 21-seat mark on its own, MGP will decide who will form the next government in Goa, a senior political analyst said. Indications are that it will side with BJP in return for Deputy CM's post and key portfolios, he added. CM Pramod Sawant was leading in Sanquelim constituency, while health minister Vishwajit Rane, a prominent contender for the CM's post, was leading in Valpoi constituency.
    Counting of votes polled in the February 14 Assembly elections in Goa began on Thursday morning in the coastal state, where the ruling BJP is seeking a third straight term in power, while the opposition Congress is hoping for a clear mandate to avoid the fiasco of 2017.
    Counting got underway at 8 am at Government Polytechnic at Altinho in Panaji for 19 Assembly constituencies in North Goa and at Damodar College in Margao town for 21 seats in South Goa, an official said.
    Altogether 302 candidates contested the elections which saw multi-cornered fights due to the presence of many smaller and regional outfits besides the BJP and the Congress, the two major political forces in Goa. The voter turnout was 79 percent.
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    Most exit polls have predicted a hung House, amid talk of various post-result scenarios. A double COVID-19 vaccination certificate has been made compulsory for entering counting centres, where three layers of security are in place.
    Elaborate arrangements have been made at both the counting centres and all the results are expected around noon, the official said, adding anyone eligible to enter will have to carry either a negative RT-PCR certificate or double vaccination proof.
    Besides BJP and Congress, Goa Forward Party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, Aam Aadmi Party and Trinamool Congress apart from independents contested the polls.
    After the 2017 elections, Congress failed to form government despite emerging as the single largest party. The BJP won 13 seats in the 2017 elections. Its strength went up to 27 after Congress MLAs quit and joined it. Nine BJP MLAs left ahead of last month's Assembly election, leaving BJP's strength in the outgoing Assembly at 18.
    Congress won 17 seats in the 2017 elections. The party's tally went down to five after its MLAs quit and joined BJP. Three Congress MLAs left the party ahead of last month's elections, further depleting the party strength in the outgoing Assembly to two.
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