Pramod Sawant set to return as Goa CM

Panaji: The BJP appeared set for a victory in Goa, with the saffron party victorious in 20 of the 40 assembly seats. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant won the election from his traditional Sanquelim Assembly constituency and expressed confidence that the BJP will form government in the coastal state.

Out of 19 seats in North Goa, 10 seats were won by BJP candidates, 6 seats were won by Congress, and one each by MGP, Revolutionary Goans Party, and an Independent candidate — Ajit Roy, North Goa collector.

Meanwhile, Independent candidates Antonio Vas, Chandrakant Shetye, and Alex Reginald vouched their support to the saffron party.

Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis reiterated that his party will take independents and regional parties along to form the next government in Goa.

Fadnavis, who is BJP’s election in-charge for Goa, thanked the people of the state for reposing trust in the party and dedicated its poll performance to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Goa witnessed a multi-cornered contest with parties including the BJP, Congress, Trinamool Congress, and AAP in the fray. In 2017, Congress had emerged as the single largest party in the state, winning 17 seats but the BJP, which won 13 seats, managed to form the government with the support of the Goa Forward Party and the MGP which had won three seats each, and two independents.

Sawant had traveled to Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

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