Starting out as just a fringe irritant, the shadowy organisation has been emboldened by the Goa government’s support
The by-election victory has taken the BJP’s tally up by one seat only, to 14 MLAs. With 16 seats, the Congress is still the single largest party in the 40-member House.
Goa Congress has demanded action against airport officials for allowing this breach of security regulations
If push comes to shove, tourism and allied business interests is what will dictate the BJP’s beef policy – at least in Goa.
Party with three MLAs that campaigned on anti-saffron platform will now join hands to bring the BJP back to power.
Meanwhile, the BJP’s incumbent chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar and five of its ministers lost their seats.
The BJP is campaigning fervently to hold on to Goa after its break with Sudin Dhavlikar and the MGP, while a fractured Congress, AAP and independents contest over small electorates.
With a Zumba dancer, mining activists and single parents as candidates, AAP is defying prejudices in the upcoming Goa elections.
Manohar Parrikar has roped two Congressmen into the BJP whom he had accused of being corrupt in the past.