BJP sweeps Cong out of power
Goa ended more than a decade of political instability on Tuesday, giving the BJP-MGP alliance an absolute majority and sweeping the Congress out of power. The BJP reached the majority mark of 21 seats in the 40-member House on its own, improving on its 2007 tally of 14. Ally Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party bagged 3 seats.
The Congress failed to buck the anti-incumbency wave, hobbled by allegations of mining scam, corruption and dynasty politics. The party won 9 seats, down from 16 in 2007.
BJP’s man of the moment and former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who retained the Panaji seat, said the media could report that he was “likely to be the next chief minister”. “There was a record turnout (81%) and many including Gen X voted for change. We will live up to their expectations.” Parrikar said his government would hand over the public accounts committee (PAC) report on illegal mining to the lokayukta in 100 days.As chairman of the PAC, Parrikar was the first to sniff out the mining scam in Goa. He had not been allowed to present his report indicting the state government on charges of illegal mining in the assembly.
Outgoing CM Digambar Kamat won in Margao, but most of his ministers lost. Kamat submitted his resignation to acting governor K Sankaranarayanan.The Congress had fielded 12 candidates from five prominent families. Party spokesperson Ramakant Khalap said, "Family raj really affected us. We have to do some rethinking."