The focus in Goa tomorrow will be on whether the BJP will be able to retain power and if it gets a fresh mandate, will Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar return to his home state as chief minister. The main fight for the 40-member assembly, which went to polls on February 4 and recorded an impressive turnout of 83 per cent, is between the BJP and the Congress.
The Aam Admi Party also made a serious bid this time round, contesting a majority of seats.
The BJP fielded candidates in 36 constituencies and supported Independents in the remaining seats.
The BJP’s poll campaign was led by Parrikar, which fuelled speculation that he may be chosen as chief minister if the the party returns to power in the state.
Incumbent Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar is also in the fray Though the BJP leadership has not come out with an official statement on the leadership issue, some senior party leaders said during campaigning that the chief ministerial nominee would be chosen by the elected legislators.
The Congress, the main opposition in the state, has fielded its nominees in 37 seats and backed the candidates of the United Goan, Goa Forward and an Independent in the rest.
The outcome will also decide the fate of the alliance between Maharashtrawa ..