Goa Assembly Elections 2017
The Election Commission of India has declared that polling will be held in Goa in a single phase on February 4, 2017. Results will be declared on March 11, 2017. The Election Commission of India has stated that the Goa will go to elections between February and March next year, shortly after presentation of the Union Budget on February 1 2017.The EC added that polling will be held in a single phase. The term of the current legislative assembly is going to end on March 18, 2017 .
The Congress and BJP are the two politically active parties in the state. The recently formed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has made clear its ambitions to make forays into the state. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who also heads the Aam Aadmi Party, said that he is expecting a reasonably decent outcome from this election. Reports say that the party has been working hard on its Goa election strategies since the last six months.
While the AAP is trying its best to score victory in the upcoming elections in the state, incumbent Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has challenged the party to achieve that. As per reports, the CM has stated that though he does not underestimate or overestimate this new political party, he is certain about Goa people as they do not get influenced by the number of banners and that before voting, Goa people will definitely test the party.
State Legislative Assembly
Goa has a unicameral legislature, that is, a legislative assembly only, and it consists of 40 members. The Assembly has the agency to appropriate money for infrastructure development, social programs, agricultural development. The Assembly is also empowered to propose and impose taxes.
Goa celebrates ‘Legislator’s Day’ on 9th January every year. In 1987, Goa was declared as a state of India and then the number of Assembly seats was increased to 40. The Assembly convenes at the Goa State Legislative Complex, which is located in Porvorim, Bardez. The construction of this building was started on January 22, 1994. It was inaugurated by Atal Behari Vajpayee after its completion on 5 March, 2000.
Major Political Parties in Goa
The national parties in Goa are Bharatiya Janata Party, Indian National Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, All India Trinamool Congress. Among the regional ones are Maharashtrawadi Gomantak, United Goans Democratic Party, Goa Vikas Party and Go Su-raj Party. After getting landslide victory in Delhi Assembly elections in 2015, the recently-formed Aam Aadmi Party has also set its goal to make inroads in Goa.
Bharatiya Janata Party
In Goa, BJP is running the ruling government, whose chief minister is Laxmikant Parsekar. Manohar Parrikar who was the previous CM was included in the Union Cabinet due to which he had to resign as Goa CM. Parrikar is known as being close to the Prime Ministerial candidate of the party, Narendra Modi. In fact, this is the 3rd stint of Parrikar as Chief Minister of Goa. The state president of Goa BJP is Vinay Dinu Tendulkar. The party’s two wings that are very active in organizational matters are Mahila Morcha and Yuva Morcha. During 2009 General Election, the BJP won 1 seat in Goa and bagged 252,694 (44.78%) votes.
Indian National Congress.
The Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) is the state unit of the Indian National Congress. Its President is former MP John Fernandes. He is perceived in his party circle as the leading voice against the proposed Mopa Airport. The committee has also named four officials who are authorised to speak with the media, and they are Atanasio Monteiro, Jitendra Deshprabhu, Manohar Azgaonkar, and Pramod Salgaocar. The Convenor of the GPCC’s media and publicity cell is Milan Burman, who will work under the direct chairmanship of John Fernandes. The INC has already started the process of nominating candidates for the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha election. The final list of the candidates is expected to be discussed and announced by the end of February 2014. During the 2009 General Election, the INC won 1 seat in Goa and bagged 127,494 (22.6%) votes.
The state of Goa has two seats in the Lok Sabha and one in the Rajya Sabha. The state has a unicameral legislature and the Legislative Assemby comprises of 40 members headed by the Chief Minister. Goa does not have its own judiciary. The state comes under the Bombay High Court. A bench of the High Court is present in Panaji, the capital of Goa.
Goa Assembly Elections 2012 Summary
The last Legislative Assembly Election in Goa was held on 3 March, 2012. The result was declared on 6 March 2012. The Indian National Congress, led by Digambar Kamat, was defeated by Bharatiya Janata Party-Maharashtrawadi Gomantak alliance. In the 40 seat assembly, Bharatiya Janata Party won 21 and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak won 3 seats. MLA Frances D’Souza, a Roman Catholic from Bharatiya Janata Party won with the biggest margin of victory. Manohar Parrikar, the former Chief Minister, was sworn-in again as the new Chief Minister of the state. Following the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he moved to the union cabinet and Laxmikant Parsekar took over as the next chief minister.
Goa Elections History
- In the 2009 Lok Sabha election, the INC won 1 seat and the BJP won 1 seat.
- In the 2004 Lok Sabha election, the INC won 1 seat and the BJP won 1 seat.
- In the 1999 Lok Sabha election, the BJP won 2 seats.
- In the 1998 Lok Sabha election, the INC won 2 seats.
- In the 1996 Lok Sabha election, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak won 1 seat and the United Goans Democratic Party won 1 seat.
- In the 1991 Lok Sabha election, the INC won 2 seats.
- In the 1989 Lok Sabha election, the INC won 1 seat and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak won 1 seat.
- In the 1984 Lok Sabha election, the INC won 2 seats.
- In the 1980 Lok Sabha election (including Goa and Daman & Diu), the INC(U) won 1 seat and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak won 1 seat.
- In the 1977 Lok Sabha election (including Goa and Daman & Diu), the INC won 1 seat and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak won 1 seat.
- In the 1971 Lok Sabha election (including Goa and Daman & Diu), the INC won 1 seat and the United Goans – Seqveria Group won 1 seat.
- In the 1967 Lok Sabha election (including Goa and Daman & Diu), independents won 1 seat and the United Goans – Seqveria Group won 1 seat.
Issues of the state
One of the issues that has come to the fore in the recent years is the cultural identity of Goa. The population level has gone higher as people from other states such as Maharashtra and Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are migrating to the state. Another issue of major concern for the people of the state is the drug trade. The large number of casinos attract lots of illegal drug traders. There have also been talks of addressing the problem of dual nationality faced by Goan people. These are some of the big challenges that will have to be tackled by the party that comes to power in Goa in 2017.
According to 2011 census, the population size of the state is 1,458,545, out of which 739,140 are male and 719,405 are female. The rural and urban population stands at 5,51,731 and 9,06,814. The literacy rate in the state is 87%. The sex ratio is 973. As far as religion is concerned, 66.08% are Hindus, 26.10% Christians, 8.03% Muslims, 0.10% Sikhs, 0.07% Buddhists and 0.07% Jains. Scheduled tribes are very few in Goa; they comprise 0.04% of the total population. About 61% of the population speaks Konkani. Other languages spoken in the state are Marathi (19%), Kannada (7%), Hindi (5%) and Urdu (4%).
Facts About Goa's Polity
|Ruling Party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Opposition Party||Indian National Congress|
|Chief Minister||Laxmikant Parsekar|
|Chief Electoral Officer||N.S Navti|
|Address||Chief Electoral Office Althino Panaji Goa|
Goa Assembly Election 2017 Dates
|Date of Notification||11.01.2017 (WED)|
|last Date of Making Nomination||18.01.2017 (WED)|
|Scrutiny of Nominations||19.01.2017 (THU)|
|Withdrawal of Candidature||21.01.2017 (SAT)|
|Date of Poll||04.02.2017 (SAT)|
|Date of Counting||11.03.2017 (SAT)|
|Date of Completion||15.03.2017 (WED)|
List of Chief Ministers of Goa
|S. No.||Chief Minister||From||To||Party Name|
|1||Laxmikant Parsekar||Nov 8, 2014||Present||BJP|
|2||Manohar Parrikar||Mar 9, 2012||Nov 8, 2014||BJP|
|3||Digambar Kamat||Jun 8, 2007||Mar 9, 2012||INC|
|4||Pratapsing Rane||Jun 7, 2005||Jun 8, 2007||INC|
|5||President's rule||Mar 4, 2005||Jun 7, 2005|
|6||Pratapsing Rane||Feb 2, 2005||Mar 4, 2005||INC|
|7||Manohar Parrikar||Oct 24, 2000||Feb 2, 2005||BJP|
|8||Francisco Sardinha||Nov 24, 1999||Oct 24, 2000||Goa People's Congress|
|9||Luizinho Faleiro||Jun 9, 1999||Nov 24, 1999||INC|
|10||President's rule||Feb 9, 1999||Jun 9, 1999|
|11||Luizinho Faleiro||Nov 26, 1998||Feb 9, 1999||INC|
|12||Dr Wilfred de Souza||Jul 30, 1998||Nov 26, 1998||Goa Rajiv Congress|
|13||Pratapsing Rane||Dec 16, 1994||Jul 30, 1998||INC|
|14||Dr Wilfred de Souza||Apr 8, 1994||Dec 16, 1994||INC|
|15||Ravi S. Naik||Apr 2, 1994||Apr 8, 1994||INC|
|16||Dr Wilfred de Souza||May 18, 1993||Apr 2, 1994||INC|
|17||Ravi S. Naik||Jan 25, 1991||May 18, 1993||INC|
|18||President's rule||Dec 14, 1990||Jan 25, 1991|
|19||Dr. Luis Proto Barbosa||Apr 14, 1990||Dec 14, 1990||Progressive Democratic Front|
|20||Churchill Alemao||Mar 27, 1990||Apr 14, 1990||Progressive Democratic Front|
|21||Pratapsingh Rane||Jan 16, 1980||Mar 27, 1990||(INC)(U)|
|22||President's rule||Apr 27, 1979||Jan 16, 1980|
|23||Shashikala Kakodkar||Aug 12, 1973||Apr 27, 1979||MGP|
|24||Dayanand Bandodkar||Apr 5, 1967||Aug 12, 1973||MGP|
|25||President's rule||Dec 2, 1966||Apr 5, 1967|
|26||Dayanand Bandodkar||Dec 20, 1963||Dec 2, 1966||MGP|
List of Governors of Goa
|S.No.||Name of Governor||From||To|
|1||Mridula Sinha||August 26, 2014||Present|
|2||Smt. Margaret Alva||Jul 12th, 2014 (temporary charge)||August 26, 2014|
|3||Bharat Vir Wanchoo||May 4, 2012||Jul 04, 2014 (Resigned)|
|4||Kateekal Sankaranarayanan||August 27, 2011||May 3, 2012|
|5||Shivinder Singh Sidhu||July 22, 2008||August 26, 2011|
|6||S. C. Jamir||July 17, 2004||July 21, 2008|
|7||Mohammed Fazal||July 3, 2004||July 16, 2004|
|8||Kidar Nath Sahani||October 26, 2002||July 2, 2004|
|9||Mohammed Fazal||November 26, 1999||October 25, 2002|
|10||J. F. R. Jacob||April 19, 1998||November 26, 1999|
|11||T. R. Satish Chandran||January 16, 1998||April 18, 1998|
|12||P.C. Alexander||July 19, 1996||January 15, 1998|
|13||Romesh Bhandari||June 16, 1995||July 18, 1996|
|14||Gopala Ramanujam||August 4, 1994||June 15, 1995|
|15||B. Rachaiah||April 4, 1994||August 3, 1994|
|16||Bhanu Prakash Singh||March 18, 1991||April 3, 1994|
|17||Khurshed Alam Khan||July 18, 1989||March 17, 1991|
|18||Gopal Singh||May 30, 1987||July 17, 1989|
|19||Gopal Singh||September 24, 1984||May 29, 1987|
|20||I H Latif||July 4, 1984||September 23, 1984|
|21||K. T. Satarawala||February 24, 1983||July 3, 1984|
|22||I H Latif||August 30, 1982||February 23, 1983|
|23||Jagmohan||March 31, 1981||August 29, 1982|
|24||P. S. Gill||November 16, 1977||March 30, 1981|
|25||S. K. Banerji||November 16, 1972||November 15, 1977|
|26||Nakul Sen||April 18, 1967||November 15, 1972|
|27||K. R. Damle||February 24, 1965||April 17, 1967|
|28||Hari Sharma||December 12, 1964||February 23, 1965|
|29||M. R. Sachdev||September 2, 1963||December 8, 1964|
|30||T. Sivasankar||June 7, 1962||September 1, 1963|
|31||Maj Gen K. P. Candeth (Military Governor)||December 19, 1961||June 6, 1962|
List of Cabinet Ministers of Goa
|Name of Minister||Portfolios||Party|
|Shri. Laxmikant Parsekar||Home, Mines, Vigilance, General Administration, Personnel, Finance||BJP|
|Shri. Francis Dsouza||Law, Revenue, Health, Urban Development, Town & Country Planning||BJP|
|Shri. Ramkrishna||Public Works Department, River Navigation, Transport||MAG|
|Shri. Dayanand Mandrekar||Civil Supplies and Price Control,|
Water Resources, Archives and Archaeology, Art & Culture
|Shri. Ramesh Tawadkar||Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services,|
Tribal Welfare, Sports & Youth Affairs, Agriculture
|Shri. Mahadev Naik||Social Welfare, Handicrafts, Textile and Coir,|
|Shri. Dilip Parulekar||Women & Child Development, Tourism, Ports, Protocol||BJP|
|Shri. Milind Naik||Non Conventional Energy, Legal Metrology, Power including State Electrical Inspectorate|
|Shri. Pandurang||Craftsmen Training, Factories & Boilers, Printing & Stationery||MAG|
|Shri. Avertano Furtado||Labour & Employment, Fisheries, N.R.I. Affairs||IND|
|Smt. Alina Saldanha||Museum, Science & Technology, Rural Development||BJP|
|Shri. Rajendra Arlekar||Forest, Environment, Panchayat||BJP|
List of Rajya Sabha Members of Goa
|Shri Shantaram Naik||Indian National Congress||29/07/2011 to 28/07/2017|