With the last day to withdraw nominations for the upcoming Assembly elections in Goa being January 31, the state has 301 candidates who have thrown their hats on ring.
The news: According to the final list released by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, 12 political parties, national as well as regional, have fielded their candidates.
- The incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is contesting all 40 seats, while the Opposition party, the Congress, has 37 candidates fielded.
- Goa Forward Party, BJP’s alliance partner, is contesting in 3 constituencies.
- Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is contesting in 12 constituencies.
- West Bengal-based Trinamool Congress (TMC) has fielded candidates in 26 assembly segments.
- TMC’s alliance partner, Maharashtra Gomantak Party (MGP) has fielded 13 candidates.
- The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is contesting in 39 constituencies.
- Right-wing Marathi regionalist political outfit, Shiv Sena has candidates for 11 seats.
- Goencho Swabhiman Party (GSP) has fielded 4 candidates.
- Revolutionary Goans Party (RGP) is contesting in 38 constituencies.
- Sambhaji Brigade Party and Jai Maha Bharat Party are also contesting the upcoming election.
Facts and figures: The number of candidates in Siolim is 13, which is the highest in any constituency.
- Sanquelim has 12, while Cuncolim has 10 candidates.
- There are nine candidates each for Mandrem, Pernem, Maem, Vasco-da-Gama, Cortalim and Navelim constituencies.
- There are eight candidates each for Mapusa, Taleigao, Valpoi, Priol, Shiroda, Marcaim, Mormugao, Curtorim, Sanguem and Canacona.
- In Thivim, Canalangute, Panaji, St. Andre, Cumbharjua, Poriem, Ponda, Dabolim, Nuvem, Quepem and Sanvordem.