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Campaigning ends in Goa

In Panaji, the main contest is between Union Minister Sripad Naik and Wilfred D'Souza of the NCP, whose candidature is supported by the Congress.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Panaji
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2004 08:55 PM IST

The din and bustle of campaigning for two Lok Sabha seats in the coastal state of Goa ended on Saturday evening with candidates fanning out to different parts to garner votes.

Sixteen candidates are in the fray for the two seats.

In Panaji, the main contest is between sitting MP and Union Minister Sripad Naik and Wilfred D'Souza of the NCP, whose candidature is supported by the Congress.

In Marmugao, it will be a straight fight between Congress' Churchill Alemao, a former Chief Minister and sitting BJP MP Ramakant Angle.

Campaigning was low-key in the state with the candidates concentrating more on door-to-door contacts and street corner meetings.

While D'Souza and Congress used all their energy to expose the 'communal agenda' of Manohar Parrikar government, they also attacked both sitting MPs for not being active.

The BJP, on the other hand, concentrated on its performance at the state level.

Tight security arrangements have been made for polling with additional companies of CRPF being brought in and special attention has been accorded to the sensitive booths.

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