Goa Polls

  • Sonia to take decision on Goa legislature leader March 18, 2012

    Panaji: Still smarting under its recent debacle in Goa polls, Opposition Congress has failed to elect its leader for the Assembly leaving the decision to party president Sonia Gandhi. Senior party leaders Mukul Vasnik and Jagmit Singh Brar held discussions with individual legislators after the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) failed to...
  • Goa Cong chief to quit following election debacle March 16, 2012

    Panaji: Goa Pradesh Congress Committee chief Subhash Shirodkar on Thursday announced his decision to step down owning responsibility for the party's worst-ever performance in the state Assembly polls. Shirodkar, currently in Delhi with former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, said he would quit on Friday. "I have decided to resign owning the responsibility,"...
  • Goa: Manohar does a Maya in social engineering March 12, 2012

    Panaji: If Mayawati stormed to power in Uttar Pradesh in 2007 riding on the electoral shoulders of Brahmins and Dalits, Manohar Parrikar has similarly rewritten the 'social engineering' primer for Goa. For the last four years now, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been desperately reaching out to the sizeable...
  • New Govt in Goa to present first budget on March 21 March 10, 2012

    Panaji: The Manohar Parrikar-led Goa government will table its first budget on March 21, and is expected to implement several of the election promises through it. Parrikar, who took the oath as Chief Minister on Friday, chaired the first cabinet meeting with all the five ministers...
  • Goa: Parrikar promises zero tolerance to corruption March 10, 2012

    Panaji: Addressing his first public meeting after taking oath of the office, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said that zero tolerance towards corruption would be the main agenda of BJP-led government. "Whatever promises that were made in the election manifesto would be fulfilled. I...
  • Manohar Parrikar sworn in as Goa CM March 9, 2012

    Panaji: Manohar Parrikar of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Goa on Friday. This is Parrikar's third stint as the chief minister of the state. Top BJP leaders were present at the ceremony. Technocrat-turned-politician, Parrikar, is known for his clean image, blunt talk and...
  • Goa polls: Parrikar to be sworn in as CM today March 9, 2012

    New Delhi: Manohar Parrikar of the BJP will be sworn-in as the new CM of Goa on Friday evening. This will be the Parrikar's third stint as the chief minister of the state. A full 12-member Cabinet will also be sworn in. Top BJP leaders are expected to attend the...
  • Goa: Alemao blames Kamat for defeat March 8, 2012

    Panaji: There is more trouble for the Congress in Goa. Outgoing Goa minister Churchill Alemao has reportedly blamed chief minister Digamber Kamat for his defeat. He said Kamat worked against him. Alemao, who contested from Navelim, and three of his family members had lost the elections. Meanwhile, Digambar Kamat said...
  • Battle for the States: Yogendra Yadav answers questions on polls March 7, 2012

    Yogendra Yadav of CSDS answers viewers' questions on post-poll survey and election results. ...
  • The Last Word: Will Cong defeats enhance Govt's policy paralysis? March 7, 2012

    Will the policy paralysis get worse? Or is there a possibility that Dr Manmohan Singh could take radical initiatives? ...
  • Goa: BJP-MGP combine stakes claim to form govt March 7, 2012

    Panaji: The BJP-MGP combine on Wednesday staked claim to form the government in Goa claiming support of 26 legislators as senior BJP leader Manohar Parrikar is all set to become the chief minister of the coastal state for the third time. Parrikar, who was unanimously elected as the leader of...
  • Goa Polls: Voters reject family raj March 7, 2012

    Panaji: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the Assembly elections in Goa and with that, the hardest fall came for the Alemao family. All four members of the family lost their seats including Goa ministers Churchill and Joaquim. In fact, seven of 12 'family' candidates fielded by the Congress were trounced...
  • Goa polls: It's raining 'crorepatis' in Assembly March 7, 2012

    New Delhi: All but three members of the new Goa assembly are millionaires. 37 out of 40 successful candidates in the coastal state have declared their assets worth more than Rs one crore, compared to 22 who were elected to the state Assembly in 2007. According to the affidavits the candidates...
  • Not projecting me as CM cost Cong in Goa: Kamat March 7, 2012

    Panaji: Outgoing Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has said the ruling Congress would have done better in the Assembly polls if he had been projected as the party's face for the top post. The picture in Goa, where BJP is set to form the new Government, would have been different if...
  • Sonia, Rahul to take stock of poll debacle March 7, 2012

    New Delhi: Congress will hold a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the poll debacle in the four state. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are expected to attend the meeting at around 11 am. Performance of Congress, which had banked on the charisma and aggressive campaigning by Rahul Gandhi,...
  • Goa: BJP to meet Governor to stake claim to form govt March 7, 2012

    The BJP managed to wrest Goa from the Congress with a decisive mandate. ...
  • Goa polls: BJP to rule the beach state March 7, 2012

    Panaji: The BJP managed to wrest Goa from the Congress with a decisive mandate. The party won a majority 21 of the 40 assembly seats as four in every five voters rejected the Congress. The party was decimated to the single digit of nine seats. Manohar Parrikar, the face of...
  • Battle for the states: Assembly polls verdict March 6, 2012

    The SP gained absolute majority while the Congress finished fourth in UP polls. Rahul Gandhi, who was the face of the party in the poll campaign in UP, has acknowledged the defeat. ...
  • Goa: PM calls Parrikar to congratulate March 6, 2012

    Panaji: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday called up BJP leader Manohar Parrikar and congratulated him on the success in the Goa polls. "Prime Minister called me on my number and he congratulated me," Parrikar told reporters this evening. BJP has won 21 seats in the 40-member Goa assembly today, emerging...
  • BJP to meet Goa Guv to stake claim to form Govt March 6, 2012

    Panaji: The BJP-MGP combine will on Wednesday stake claim to form government in Goa, along with two Independent legislators. BJP leader Manohar Parrikar, who led the party's campaign in the state, said senior leaders Venkaiah Naidu and Ravi Shankar Prasad will arrive in Goa on Wednesday to take stock of the...
  • Opposition to Lokpal cost Cong dearly: Team Anna March 6, 2012

    New Delhi: As Congress suffered a major blow in the elections to five states, Team Anna member Kiran Bedi on Tuesday claimed that the opposition to an effective Lokpal cost the party dearly and took a dig at its top leaders. In her tweets, Bedi said when the Congress started to...
  • Ramdev sees poll results as verdict against graft March 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Yoga guru Ramdev on Tuesday sought to claim victory in Congress's poor show in the Assembly elections, and announced another round of anti-government protest on black money during the monsoon session of Parliament. Claiming that the verdict of the people's court was clearly against corruption and Congress's reluctance to...
  • Goa: Parrikar leads BJP to victory March 6, 2012

    Panaji: The BJP-MGP combine has routed the Congress out of power in Goa, notching 24 seats out of 40. Manohar Parrikar, who spearheaded the BJP's charge on the illegal mining issue and is tipped to be the next chief minister, won from Panaji, defeating Congress' Yatin Parekh by over 5,000...
  • Parrikar, an IITian with a clean image March 6, 2012

    Panaji: Technocrat-turned-politician, Manohar Parrikar, set to become Goa Chief Minister for the third time, is known for his clean image, blunt talk and development initiatives. Parrikar, 56, who had launched a campaign against the Congress-led government on the issue of illegal mining in the state, emerged as the rallying-point for anti-Congress...
  • Goa: Congress stalwarts bite the dust March 6, 2012

    Panaji: Many of the Congress stalwarts including four from Churchill Alemao family and state party chief Subhas Shirodkar bit the dust as the BJP-MGP alliance on Tuesday managed to bag majority of seats in Goa Assembly elections. Congress NCP ministers including Churchill Alemao, Joaquim Alemao, Manohar Asgaonkar, Filip Nery Rodrigues,...
  • Goa: BJP sweeps Congress out of power March 6, 2012

    Panaji: The BJP has swept the Congress out of power in Goa, crossing the majority and notching 23 seats and leading in one. Chief Minister Digamber Kamat has, meanwhile, submitted his resignation. Goa BJP leader Manohar Parrikar declared jubilantly that he will most likely be the next chief minister of...
  • Goa: BJP reaches half-way mark, set to form govt March 6, 2012

    Panaji: The BJP crossed the half-way mark in Goa on Tuesday, winning 20 seats and leading in 3 others. Goa BJP leader Manohar Parrikar declared jubilantly that he will most likely be the next chief minister of the state. He added, "I have given a time schedule which I will...
  • Goa: BJP romps to majority, set to form govt March 6, 2012

    Panaji: The BJP romped to majority in Goa, winning 17 seats and leading in 4 others. Goa BJP leader Manohar Parrikar declared jubilantly that he would most likely be the next chief minister of the state. He added, "I have given a time schedule which I will follow. In the...
  • 'Congress Waterloo in Goa due to family raj' March 6, 2012

    Panaji: Even before the final results are yet to be announced, Goa Congress spokesperson Ramakant Khalap has termed the party's poor showing as the Waterloo of the ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress Party combine. Khalap, a former union minister of state for law, said that tickets liberally given by the party to kin...
  • I will be next Goa CM: Manohar Parrikar March 6, 2012

    Panaji: Goa BJP leader Manohar Parrikar was ecstatic on Monday as poll trends showed his party winning by a huge margin in the state. At the latest count, BJP had won 12 seats and was leading in 8 others, while its arch rival Congress was leading in 5, having bagged...