New Delhi [India], Mar. 11 (ANI): Congress sitting MLA Pratapsingh R Rane, who has served as the Chief Minister of Goa six times, has done it once again by winning the 2017 state assembly elections.
The veteran MLA, who has been re-elected for the 11th term, got 14,977 votes against the 10,911 votes bagged by BJP's Vishwajit Krishnarao Rane.
Rane was a prominent figure in the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party before joining the Indian National Congress since the mid-1970s.
The results for 30 out of 40 seats in Goa Assembly elections show a lead for the Congress Party, which is leading on twelve seats, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on eleven and others on seven.
The counting of votes for the 40 seats in Goa Assembly elections started at 8 a.m. this morning.
The Election Commission (EC) has set up two counting centres in North and South Goa to declare the winners in 40 seats.
The Congress, the BJP and the AAP ran the most high-octane campaigns, along with regional parties like Goa Forward and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, which contested in alliance with Shiv Sena and the Goa Suraksha Manch, mentored by former state RSS chief Subhash Velingkar.
For the 40 assembly seats, the BJP had fielded candidates in 36, the AAP in 39, the Congress in 37, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) in 25 and the NCP also in 37 seats.
In the four-cornered contest, Goa witnessed 83 percent voting, which equalled the polling percentage of 2012. As per Election Commission officials, a majority of the 15,590 postal ballots had been accounted for.
The February 4 election also saw Goa earn the credential of being the first state in the country to fully implement the electronically transmitted postal ballot system and the VVPAT technology that allowed voters to verify whether or not they have voted correctly. (ANI)