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Sway of Regional Factors

Goa 2019 Verdict

Unlike in the 2014 Goa Lok Sabha elections, the outcome of the 2019 polls was significantly influenced by regional considerations, including the unresolved mining issue in the state.

 

Goa once again restored its old power equations with the North Goa Lok Sabha seat won by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the South Goa seat by the Congress. The Modi wave which swept both the Lok Sabha seats of Goa in 2014 could not create the same impact in 2019. How far did the absence of Manohar Parrikar, the most popular leader of the BJP in the state, impact the results? The post-poll data indicates that more than the leadership factor, it was regional factors that determined the voters’ choice of party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The ban on mining took a toll on the BJP’s prospects in South Goa.

The two parliamentary constituencies of Goa are now being represented by the two national parties, the Congress and the BJP, for almost two decades. The BJP has been representing the North Goa constituency since 1999, while the Congress has been winning the South Goa seat since 1977, except for the 1996, 1999 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The North Goa constituency with a large number of the presence of Hindu population voted for the BJP, whereas the South Goa constituency with a large Christian population voted for the Congress.

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Updated On : 9th Aug, 2019
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