Panaji, May 23: The counting of votes for four assembly seats in Goa took place today, i.e May 23. The Congress has won the Panaji assembly seat. Congress candidate Atanasio Monserrate defeated BJP candidate Sidharth Sripad Kuncalienker. Mapusa was won by BJP's Joshua Peter De Souza, Mandrem assembly seat was won by an independent candidate Dayanand Raghunath Sopte and Shiroda assembly seat was bagged by Maharashtrawadi Gomantak's Subhash Ankush Shirodkar. The bypolls in three assembly seats of Goa - Mapusa, Mandrem and Shiroda were held on April 23 in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections along with North and South Goa parliamentary constituencies. Meanwhile, the voting in Panaji took place on May 19. Catch complete coverage of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 here.
A total of 21 candidates were in the fray for the bypolls in the three assembly seats in Goa. In the bypolls, Congress' Joshua D'Souza, son of former deputy Chief Minister late Francis D'Souza whose death necessitated the bypoll at Mapusa assembly seat, contested against Congress' Sudhir Kandolkar. The bypoll in Panaji was necessitated due to the death of sitting MLAs Manohar Parrikar. Goa Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Phase 3 Voting Ends For North And South Goa Parliamentary Constituencies, 71.09% Voter Turnout Recorded.
In Mandrem, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP)'s Dayanand Sopte faced a challenge from Congress' Babi Bagkar and independent candidate Jeet Arolkar, while in the Shiroda Assembly bypoll, BJP's Subhash Shirodkar, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party's Deepak Dhavalikar and Congress' Mahadev Naik were engaged in a tri-corner contest. Maharashtra, Goa Exit Poll Results For Lok Sabha Elections 2019 In All Constituencies: BJP to Sweep Both States.
Meanwhile, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on April 12, had ruled out any possibilities of conducting bypolls in the Katol assembly constituency which falls under Nagpur district. It became vacant after the resignation of BJP MLA Ashish Deshmukh who later joined Congress.
The bypolls were scheduled to be held on April 11 along with Lok Sabha elections.
The parliamentary polls in Maharashtra were conducted in the first four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29. The main contest was between the Congress-NCP alliance and the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance. In 2014, the BJP had won 23 seats, its ally the Shiv Sena had emerged victorious on 18 seats. The NCP, on the other hand, had won four seats while the Congress had won two.