The 40-seat assembly of Goa witnessed an exciting and interesting turn of events on the day of the results, with the Congress and BJP fighting it out, neck to neck of the majority share of votes.
Neither the BJP, nor the Congress could get a clear mandate, unlike in Uttarakhand, UP and Punjab, where the fate of the victorious had been clearly decided.
The Congress won a total of 17 seats (28.4% votes), the BJP won 13 seats (32.5% votes), with others like Nationalist Congress Party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak, Goa Forward Party and Independent candidates winning 1, 3, 3, 3 seats respectively.
The sitting chief minister, Laxmikant Parsekar (BJP) from Mandrem lost to Dayanand Raghunath Sopte (INC), yet, the Congress’s fate failed to shine.
With neither being able to get a clear majority, it was up to the ‘others’ to decide the fate of the assembly elections and the government formation.
The BJP called defence minister Manohar Parrikar back to lead the BJP government in Goa, and the party claimed majority in Goa.
The Congress, however, tried their best to stop the BJP from staking claim by filing a petition in the Supreme Court against Goa governor Mridula Sinha’s decision to appoint Parrikar as CM. The Supreme Court ruled in favour of the BJP, subsequently leading to Parrikar stepping down as the union defence minister, and being appointed as the new chief minister of the state on March 14.
As for the female candidates in Goa, the state saw a rise in the number of women candidates from the last elections. 19 women candidates stood up in the 2017 polls, however, the number that won was quite dismal. Only two candidates, Alina Saldhana (BJP) from Cortalim and Jennifer Monserrate (INC) from Taleigao out of the 19 won this time around, taking the percentage of women MLA’s in the Goa assembly to 5 per cent.