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Congress hopes to retain power in Goa despite high turn-out

Congress today said that the record turn-out in the assembly election in Goa may not augur well for the party, but still it would be able to retain power in the coastal state.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Panaji
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2012 09:11 PM IST

Congress on Sunday said that the record turn-out in the assembly election in Goa may not augur well for the party, but still it would be able to retain power in the coastal state.

"The high turn-out is a strong statement made by the public. It may not be ideal for the Congress party, but we are forming the government with the help of allies," said Mauvin Godinho, a senior Congress leader from the state.

Counting will be held on March 6. "We may not be able to get a clear mandate, but we will be forming the government with the help of allies," Godinho told PTI.

A record 81% voters cast votes yesterday, surpassing the 2007 record of 71%. Of the total electorate of 10.25 lakh, 8.3 lakh voted on Saturday.

The ruling Congress has a pre-poll alliance with NCP in the state.

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