Goa: Polling for Panaji and Valpoi seats tomorrow

In the Panaji contest, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is in the fray against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's confidante Girish Chodankar.

Published: 22nd August 2017 11:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd August 2017 11:08 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: The Assembly bypolls for Panaji and Valpoi seats in Goa will be held tomorrow.   

In the Panaji contest, Chief Minister and BJP stalwart Manohar Parrikar is in the fray against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's confidante Girish Chodankar.     

In Valpoi, the BJP has fielded Congress rebel and Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane, whose main opponent is Roy Naik, the son of former state Home minister Ravi Naik, of the Congress.   

Panaji has been a bastion for BJP since 1994.     

The polling, to be held at 76 booths including 30 in Panaji and 46 in Valpoi, will take place between 8 am to 5 pm.     

As per the Election Commission data, 51,032 voters are eligible to cast their votes in the bypolls, including 22,203 in Panaji and 28,829 in Valpoi.     

The Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines would be used tomorrow, like it was done in the Assembly polls held in February this year.     

North Goa Collector Nila Mohanan said that adequate security arrangements have been made to ensure that the polling passes off peacefully.   

"Around 1,000 personnel from agencies like the Goa police, India Reserve Battalion and Central Paramilitary Forces are deployed at various locations," she said.     The counting of votes will take place on August 28.     

The Panaji bypoll was necessitated after the BJP's sitting MLA Siddharth Kuncolienkar vacated the seat for Parrikar, as the latter has to get elected to the Assembly within six months of becoming the Chief Minister.     

Valpoi by-election became necessary after Rane, the sitting MLA, joined the BJP after the Parrikar-led government won a crucial floor test in March this year.     

While Parrikar has promised the overall development of Panaji through an Action Plan, the Congress alleged that the BJP leader, who had represented the constituency from 1994 to 2012, has proved "inefficient".   

In Valpoi seat, Rane, son of veteran Congress leader and former chief minister Pratapsinh Rane, has assured of creating employment for the local youth.     

In the Assembly elections, the Congress won 17 seats and the BJP 13 in the 40-member House.   

However, the saffron party formed the government under Parrikar on the backing of three MLAs each of the Goa Forward Party (GFP), Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), and three Independents. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp