Goa close fight: BJP, Congress starts negotiating with smaller parties, independents

KPCC President D.K. Shivkumar left for Goa on a special flight today, he will hold discussion with smaller parties and potential king makers.

Goa close fight: BJP, Congress starts negotiating with smaller parties, independents

Panaji: With exit poll surveys indicating close call between ruling BJP and Congress, both Congress and BJP held parlays to form government in the state.

Congress high command has deputed Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President and party troubleshooter, D.K. Shivakumar to held talks with independent MLAs and smaller parties.

Mr. Shivkumar left for Goa on a special flight today, he will hold a discussion with smaller parties.D.K. Shivakumar likely to discuss with potential "kingmakers". Congress leaders have also been sent to other states expecting a close verdict.

Exit poll surveys indicated the fractured verdict in Goa, Both Congress and BJP is getting 17 to 21 seats.

The Congress has also sent the feelers to Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal's (AAP) and the Trinamool - both bitter rivals in states like Delhi and Bengal. But Congress has stated that it is open for alliance with TMC and AAP.

Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, which debuted in Goa in this election, has been given three seats by exit polls, which suggests a vital role for the party in the numbers game. The Trinamool has an alliance with the MGP.

"We are open to an alliance with any party that opposes the BJP. We are open to alliance with the Trinamool Congress and AAP or anyone who is against the BJP in Goa," Congress leader and Goa in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao said.

Congress senior leader P. Chidambaram has been camping in Goa for the past few days and has been given a free hand to take all possible decisions for corralling support. In the last election, Congress was late in stitching up an alliance to make up the shortfall to the majority.

Congress has decided not to repeat the blunder it did in the 2017 Goa elections. Though Congress has ample opportunity to form the government, but the grand old party has delayed its to form the government. But BJP had made quick negotiations with smaller parties and formed the government.

Meanwhile, BJP has opened the channel to talks with regional parties of Goa. The BJP is believed to have opened talks with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and independents. Sources say the MGP is not inclined to back Pramod Sawant, who had dropped the party from the Goa cabinet after taking over as Chief Minister following Manohar Parrikar's death in 2019.

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant is in Delhi to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and brief him about the party's prospects of retaining power in Goa. Mr Sawant will later fly to Mumbai for a meeting with the BJP's Goa in-charge, Devendra Fadnavis.

Exit Poll surveys results: Goa 40 seats, Majority mark 21 seats

ETB Research survey : BJP : 17-20, Cong: 15-17, TMC: 3-4 and others 2-4

India TV- Ground Zero Research survey : BJP: 10-14, Cong: 20: 25, TMC: 3-5, Others: 1-4

India TV-CNX survey: BJP: 16-22, Congress + 11-17, TMC: 1-2, Others: 4-7

News X- Polstart: BJP: 17-19, Congress: 11-13, TMC + 0, Others: 3-11

Republic TV: BJP: 13-17, Congress 13-17, TMC: 2-4, Others: 2-10

Zee News- DESINGBOXED: BJP: 13-18, Congress: 14-19, TMC: 2-5, Others: 2-6