Black horses in assembly elections

Weeks ahead of assembly elections in Goa state, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, rookie Aam Aadmi Party and Trinamool Congress and other political parties made sure to leave no stone unturned to form their respective governments in the state. . While the ruling BJP in previous elections faced competition from Congress, the Goa Forward Party and a few, but this time the bar has been raised with Mamata Banerjee’s TMC entering the State.

The ruling party also faces challenges from Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi party. In addition, Nationalist Congress Party, Goa Forward Party and Goa Su-Raj Party are also vying for seats. Many deputies switched sides before the elections, reducing the size of the Assembly to 34 seats.

According to the Election Commission of India, Goa will go to the polls on February 14, with all 40 seats voting on the same date. The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2022 Goa elections was January 21. Election results will be announced on March 10.

Goa will have 1,722 polling stations in the elections. A total of 11,56,762 voters are eligible to vote in the upcoming polls.

While we all know the leading candidates like Chief Minister, Dr Pramod Sawant and Digambar Kamat and their constituencies, we barely know the dark horses in this year’s Assembly polls. Here are five candidates who can become dark horses.

Utpal Parrikar:

A refused ticket from Panaji, Utpal Parrikar, the son of the former Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, left the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and decided to stand as an independent candidate in the capital. The young Parrikar will take part in the legislative elections on February 14 in the state of Panaji, the constituency of his late father. However, he added that he was ready to withdraw from the race if the saffron party presented a “good candidate” from the constituency.

The ruling BJP has nominated incumbent MP Atanasio Monserrate from Panaji – whom Manohar Parrikar has represented for more than two decades. Monserrate is one of ten lawmakers who joined the saffron party in July 2019 after leaving Congress.

Parrikar also claimed that denying him a ticket is similar to the situation in 1994, when attempts were made to expel his father from the party. “Whoever has witnessed history will understand what I am saying. It was the time when the BJP was trying to gain a foothold in areas where the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) was prominent,” he said.

Laxmikant Parsekar:

Former Goa Chief Minister and top BJP leader Laxmikant Parsekar, who was denied a ticket by the party, has quit the ruling Saffron Party. Parsekar, who is running as an independent candidate, filed his candidacy in the Mandrem constituency. The top leader broke away from the ruling party after 32 years to chart a new course. The BJP has announced its incumbent MP Dayanand Sopte as its candidate in the constituency.

Previously, he was a three-term MP and former BJP state chairman, who represented Mandrem constituency in North Goa from 2002 until his defeat in 2017 said he was taken for granted by the gone and ignored in favor of a non-performing MLA.

Parsekar was the BJP’s manifesto committee for the upcoming elections in Goa and also a member of the party’s central committee.

Mr Parsekar served as Chief Minister of Goa between 2014 and 2017. He was chosen to lead the state after then Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was inducted into the Union cabinet as Defense Minister.

Vishwajeet and Divya Rane:

Pratapsingh Rane, the Congress veteran in Goa has decided to weigh in against his son Vishwajeet in the assembly election scheduled for February 14.

Vishwajeet, who has represented the Valpoi assembly seat since 2007, has been mostly in Congress but joined the BJP in 2017 after the election and helped Manohar Parrikar become chief minister.

An ambitious Vishwajeet had planned to send Divya, a doctor, from Poriem a year ago. He wanted Rane senior to rest and pave the way for Divya to enter the Coven. Upset by Congress for failing to form a government despite emerging as the largest party, Vishwajeet quit the party in 2017, even before he was sworn in as an MP. Later, he won the by-election on a BJP ticket.

Vishwajeet believes two party MPs – he and Divya – would give him the strength to claim the CM post if the BJP wins a simple majority. Since he has a good relationship with the other leaders, he plans to negotiate for the top position. He got Divya to start a mass connection program, mingling with people, interacting with them, and projecting himself as their benefactor.

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Posted: Saturday 05 February 2022, 13:46 IST

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