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Goa Is Gone For BJP, But There Is Reason To Cheer In Manipur

Published on 11 March, 2017 at 2:00 pm By

While the BJP rejoices in the thumping victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, it has lost Goa to Congress. Manipur, on the other hand, is making the party at the Centre smile.

Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar couldn’t save his Mandrem seat losing it to Congress party’s Dayanand Sopte. It is ironic that Sopte was once close to the CM.


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The Congress gave him a ticket after he defected from BJP.

Following his win Spote told reporters that “it was very easy defeating the chief minister”, indicating that Parsekar was not as big a force in the state.

 

Parsekar became the Chief Minister in November 2014 when Manohar Parrikar was brought to New Delhi and handed the charge of the Defence Ministry. Parrikar had won the election in 2012 for the BJP.

Congress has won all 10 seats in which it was leading. BJP had won seven of the 10. Other parties won 4 seats and were leading in three.


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Since there is no clear majority in Goa, Congress national general secretary Digvijaya Singh will reportedly hold a meeting in the evening and discuss the possibility of forming a government with the NCP, MGP and Goa Forward.

 

 

The situation in Manipur is close. BJP won 13 seats and was leading in six, while the Congress was leading in six and won 11.



The BJP was non-existent in the state till 2012 so Manipur is a big achievement for the party even if it does not win.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh won from his constituency, but BJP’s CM probable Th Chaoba lost to Congress party’s N Loken Singh.

 

What has come as a disappointment to many was the defeat of Irom Chanu Sharmila from Thoubal. Pitted against Chief Minister Singh, the ‘Iron Lady of Manipur’ got only 90 votes.

 


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Starting from its first Chief Minister in 1963, Manipur has been ruled mostly by the Congress with other parties holding power in between.

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