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.

Administrative structure

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.

Goa Demographics

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

Parliamentary Constituencies2
Assembly Constituencies 40
Ruling PartyBharatiya Janata Party
Opposition PartyIndian National Congress
Chief MinisterLaxmikant Parsekar
GovernorMridula Sinha
Chief Electoral OfficerN.S Navti
AddressChief Electoral Office Althino Panaji Goa

Goa Assembly Election 2017 Dates

Poll Event Dates
Date of Notification 11.01.2017 (WED)
last Date of Making Nomination18.01.2017 (WED)
Scrutiny of Nominations 19.01.2017 (THU)
Withdrawal of Candidature21.01.2017 (SAT)
Date of Poll04.02.2017 (SAT)
Date of Counting 11.03.2017 (SAT)
Date of Completion 15.03.2017 (WED)

List of Chief Ministers of Goa

S. No.Chief MinisterFromToParty Name
1Laxmikant ParsekarNov 8, 2014PresentBJP
2Manohar ParrikarMar 9, 2012Nov 8, 2014BJP
3Digambar KamatJun 8, 2007Mar 9, 2012INC
4Pratapsing RaneJun 7, 2005Jun 8, 2007INC
5President's ruleMar 4, 2005Jun 7, 2005
6Pratapsing RaneFeb 2, 2005Mar 4, 2005INC
7Manohar ParrikarOct 24, 2000Feb 2, 2005BJP
8Francisco SardinhaNov 24, 1999Oct 24, 2000Goa People's Congress
9Luizinho FaleiroJun 9, 1999Nov 24, 1999INC
10President's ruleFeb 9, 1999Jun 9, 1999
11Luizinho FaleiroNov 26, 1998Feb 9, 1999INC
12Dr Wilfred de SouzaJul 30, 1998Nov 26, 1998Goa Rajiv Congress
13Pratapsing RaneDec 16, 1994Jul 30, 1998INC
14Dr Wilfred de SouzaApr 8, 1994Dec 16, 1994INC
15Ravi S. NaikApr 2, 1994Apr 8, 1994INC
16Dr Wilfred de SouzaMay 18, 1993Apr 2, 1994INC
17Ravi S. NaikJan 25, 1991May 18, 1993INC
18President's ruleDec 14, 1990Jan 25, 1991
19Dr. Luis Proto BarbosaApr 14, 1990Dec 14, 1990Progressive Democratic Front
20Churchill AlemaoMar 27, 1990Apr 14, 1990Progressive Democratic Front
21Pratapsingh RaneJan 16, 1980Mar 27, 1990(INC)(U)
22President's ruleApr 27, 1979Jan 16, 1980
23Shashikala KakodkarAug 12, 1973Apr 27, 1979MGP
24Dayanand BandodkarApr 5, 1967Aug 12, 1973MGP
25President's ruleDec 2, 1966Apr 5, 1967
26Dayanand BandodkarDec 20, 1963Dec 2, 1966MGP

List of Governors of Goa

S.No.Name of GovernorFromTo
1Mridula SinhaAugust 26, 2014Present
2Smt. Margaret AlvaJul 12th, 2014 (temporary charge)August 26, 2014
3Bharat Vir WanchooMay 4, 2012Jul 04, 2014 (Resigned)
4Kateekal SankaranarayananAugust 27, 2011May 3, 2012
5Shivinder Singh SidhuJuly 22, 2008August 26, 2011
6S. C. JamirJuly 17, 2004July 21, 2008
7Mohammed FazalJuly 3, 2004July 16, 2004
8Kidar Nath SahaniOctober 26, 2002July 2, 2004
9Mohammed FazalNovember 26, 1999October 25, 2002
10J. F. R. JacobApril 19, 1998November 26, 1999
11T. R. Satish ChandranJanuary 16, 1998April 18, 1998
12P.C. AlexanderJuly 19, 1996January 15, 1998
13Romesh BhandariJune 16, 1995July 18, 1996
14Gopala RamanujamAugust 4, 1994June 15, 1995
15B. RachaiahApril 4, 1994August 3, 1994
16Bhanu Prakash SinghMarch 18, 1991April 3, 1994
17Khurshed Alam KhanJuly 18, 1989March 17, 1991
18Gopal SinghMay 30, 1987July 17, 1989
19Gopal SinghSeptember 24, 1984May 29, 1987
20I H LatifJuly 4, 1984September 23, 1984
21K. T. SatarawalaFebruary 24, 1983July 3, 1984
22I H LatifAugust 30, 1982February 23, 1983
23JagmohanMarch 31, 1981August 29, 1982
24P. S. GillNovember 16, 1977March 30, 1981
25S. K. BanerjiNovember 16, 1972November 15, 1977
26Nakul SenApril 18, 1967November 15, 1972
27K. R. DamleFebruary 24, 1965April 17, 1967
28Hari SharmaDecember 12, 1964February 23, 1965
29M. R. SachdevSeptember 2, 1963December 8, 1964
30T. SivasankarJune 7, 1962September 1, 1963
31Maj Gen K. P. Candeth (Military Governor)December 19, 1961June 6, 1962

List of Cabinet Ministers of Goa

Name of MinisterPortfolios Party
Shri. Laxmikant ParsekarHome, Mines, Vigilance, General Administration, Personnel, FinanceBJP
Shri. Francis Dsouza Law, Revenue, Health, Urban Development, Town & Country PlanningBJP
Shri. RamkrishnaPublic Works Department, River Navigation, TransportMAG
Shri. Dayanand MandrekarCivil Supplies and Price Control,
Water Resources, Archives and Archaeology, Art & Culture
Shri. Ramesh TawadkarAnimal Husbandry and Veterinary Services,
Tribal Welfare, Sports & Youth Affairs, Agriculture
Shri. Mahadev NaikSocial Welfare, Handicrafts, Textile and Coir,
Industries, Co-operation
Shri. Dilip ParulekarWomen & Child Development, Tourism, Ports, Protocol BJP
Shri. Milind NaikNon Conventional Energy, Legal Metrology, Power including State Electrical Inspectorate
Official Language
Shri. PandurangCraftsmen Training, Factories & Boilers, Printing & StationeryMAG
Shri. Avertano FurtadoLabour & Employment, Fisheries, N.R.I. AffairsIND
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

Chief Electoral Officer Goa

N.S Navti The Chief Electoral Officer of Goa N.S Navti Joint Chief Electoral Officer of Goa

Lok Sabha Election Summary 2014

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won both the seats in Goa. The North Goa and South Goa constituencies are grabbed by BJP. The smallest state of the country, Goa, represents two Lok Sabha seats. The present government in Goa is run by Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) alliance and Laxmikant Parsekar is the present Chief Minister of the state. BJP and Indian National Congress (INC) are the major political parties in the state. In 2009 elections, BJP and INC won one seat each. The past history of Lok Sabha polls in Goa have witnessed the lead by these political parties in the state only. The 2014 Lok Sabha elections saw 76.82% voter turnout in Goa. As there are only two constituencies, it was a close competition between the two parties and the new entrant Aam Aadmi Party. The surveys and the exit polls expected one seat each to BJP and INC. Goa is the smallest state in India in terms of area (3,702 sq km) and is the 4th smallest in terms of population. However, in terms of GDP per capita, it is the richest state in India. This state shares its border with Karnataka and Maharashtra.