To prevent the horse trade and a repeat of the 2017 fiasco, top Congress brass told its Goa candidates to stay in a hotel until Thursday afternoon, a day after election results from five states , including the coastal state, will be declared, according to the sources.
On March 10, most congressional candidates will not reach the counting center and will be represented by their poll workers, the sources added.
Goa Congress candidates from the northern and southern regions will most likely stay at a hotel in the upstate.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Chairman DK Shivakumar, who played a crucial role in the 2018 elections in Rajasthan, was also sent to Goa. “I am sure that on March 10, Congress will form the government in Goa… people want change. I will be in Goa to help the leaders,” he told ANI.
Indian Congress Committee (AICC) chief election observer P Chidambaram and official Dinesh Gundu Rao have been camping in Goa since Sunday, sources say.
Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar said he was confident of winning the election with 23-26 seats.
“The magic number was decided by the people of Goa. It will soon be out in the open. We are confident that we will win between 23 and 26 seats,” Chodankar said.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had met with the Goa candidates last week and held a review meeting with senior leaders. “Rahul Gandhi reviewed the political situation in Goa and discussed with us strategies for the post-election scenario. In the same way [Congress general secretary] KC Venugopal and senior poll watcher for Goa P Chidambaram, I attended the meeting in Delhi,” Gundu Rao said in a tweet after the meeting.
In the 2017 elections in Goa, the Congress won 17 out of 40 seats, but due to slow decision-making, the BJP formed the state government with the help of smaller parties and independents despite winning 13 seats.
Meanwhile, most exit polls have given the BJP an edge over other parties in Goa, with some predicting a majority for the party in the Goa Assembly of 40 members, but Chief Minister Pramod Sawant seems to be more circumspect in his prediction of a likely position. – survey scenario.
The ABP C-Voter Exit Poll predicted between 13 and 17 seats for the BJP, and between 12 and 16 seats for Congress. The AAP should win 1 to 5 seats.
The India Ahead-ETG poll predicted a near majority for the BJP with 20-22 seats, while Congress and AAP are expected to get between 7-9 and 6-8 seats respectively.
The India Today-Axis poll, however, estimated that Congress would win between 15 and 20 seats, while the BJP would win between 14 and 18 seats, with the Trinamool Congress-Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party alliance winning between 2 and 5 seats and others. 0-4 seats.
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