Goa CM Manohar Parrikar wins Panaji seat as BJP leads in Goa assembly by-polls

In Valpoi, Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Vishwajit Rane is leading from his Congress rival Ravi Naik by 2,242 votes.

Published: 28th August 2017 09:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th August 2017 10:03 AM   |  A+A-

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar (File | PTI)

By PTI

PANAJI: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today won the Panaji Assembly by-election, defeating his nearest rival, Girish Chodankar of the Congress, by 4,803 votes.

Parrikar polled 9,862 votes against 5,059 by Chodankar.

Goa Suraksha Manch president Anand Shirodkar polled only 220 votes, while 301 people pressed `None of The Above (NOTA) button.

The polling was held on August 23.

Parrikar was sworn in as the chief minister in March 2017 after the BJP formed a coalition government with Goa Forward Party, MGP and independents.

The by-poll in Panaji was necessitated after Parrikar's return to state politics in March as Chief Minister.

Sitting BJP MLA Sidarth Kuncolienkar resigned from the Panaji seat, enabling Parrikar to contest for the state capital constituency.

In Valpoi, the by-polls were held following the resignation of Rane as a Congress MLA. He subsequently joined the BJP and the cabinet as Health Minister.

(With IANS inputs)

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