Panaji, October 19: The sale of alcohol will be banned in Goa for four days in the month of October in view of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections. The Commissioner of Excise on Friday said that all licensed premises within the limit of village panchayat will remain closed from October 19 to 21 and then again on October 24 in view of Assembly polls in Maharashtra. The main parties in fray for the upcoming polls in Maharashtra are the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). List of Dry Day 2019 Dates in India: Check Complete Dry Days Calendar.
According to a report by ANI, some of the village panchayats where alcohol will be banned include Latambarcem-Ward Dodamarg-I, Kharpal-II, VP Sal - Ward Kholpem-VII, Khorgirem-VI, Pernem taluka - VP Kerim - ward Tirakol-I, VP Torsem ward Patradevi-I, VP Ibrampur-Ward - Hankanem I and II, and Hadus-III. The report states that these wards will remain closed from 6 pm of October 19 till midnight of October 21 and then again on October 24 till midnight. Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019: Full List of Constituencies With Current MLA Names.
Polling in Maharashtra will be held in single-phase on October 21 along with assembly elections in Haryana. The counting of votes will be taken up on October 24. The term of the 288-member Maharashtra assembly ends on November 9 while that of the 90-member Haryana assembly on November 2. During the upcoming polls, the ruling BJP in both the states is all set to take on the Congress-led opposition to retain power in both the states.
In 2014 Maharashtra assembly elections, BJP won with a thumping majority. The saffron party emerged as the single-largest party with 122 seats in the assembly after the 2014 assembly polls, falling barely 20 seats short of the halfway-majority mark.