AAP’s Hanzel Fernandes outperforms in Goa Zilla Parishad elections, wins seat by margin of 434 votes

In a major boost to the Aam Aadmi Party’s prospects down south, the ruling party in Delhi has won a seat in the recently-concluded Goa Zilla Parishad elections, after 26-year-old Hanzel Fernandes won AAP its first-ever election in the state with a victory from Benaulim with a margin of 434 votes. Delhi CM and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal congratulated Fernandes for his performance, and said that he is “sure AAP will live up to the trust and expectations of Goans”. After facing a complete washout in its debut state election in 2017, AAP plans to contest the next Goa polls in 2022, riding high on the increased vote share it received in all constituencies during the local body polls.