Panaji: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) beat the Congress to win both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa on Friday.
The BJP retained the North Goa seat and wrested the Congress bastion of South Goa.
Sitting MP and BJP candidate Sripad Naik won in North Goa defeating Congress’ Ravi Naik, while Congress’ Aleixo Lourenco Reginaldo lost to BJP’s Narendra Sawaikar in South Goa.
Sripad Naik got 1,76,124, Ravi Naik 87,145 votes and Dattaram Desai from AAP got 11,791 votes.
In South Goa, Sawaikar got 1,98,776 votes against Reginaldo’s 1,66,446.
Swati Kerkar contesting on an AAP ticket got 11,246 votes, while Trinamool Congress Party leader Churchill Alemao got 11,941 votes.
Goa had gone to the polls on 12 April; 76.82% of the electorate showed up at the polling booths—nearly 21% more than the polling percentage in 2009. polls which saw 55 per cent of the voters cast ballot.
The 1998 Parliamentary polls had recorded 68 per cent votes.
Issues like special status for Goa; eradication of drug menace; resumption of legal mining and special package for the people affected with the then ban on the mining industry were top on the agenda of the political parties.
The voting percentage indicated huge polling in the mining belt, where people were demanding resumption of economic activity here.
BJP state president Vinay Tendulkar attributed the party’s success to the ‘Modi phenomenon’ and the developmental work done by the Manohar Parrikar government in the state.
“The impression created by the Congress that the BJP is a communal party has been completely wiped out after the results,” Tendulkar said.
The state had seven candidates in North Goa and 12 in South Goa.
Conceding defeat, the Congress said that it respects the verdict.
“Winning and losing is part of democracy,” Goa Congress spokesman Durgadas Kamat said. “Congress would come back stronger after this down phase in the elections.”
“We would play the role of a constructive opposition and wish all the best to the new government to be formed in Delhi,” he said.