The Aam Aadmi Party backed Citizens Choice Panel in MMC Polls has emerged as a spoilsport for the Goa Forward Party and if the results of 26th April are analysed properly it can be concluded that the presence of this panel’s 2 Candidates in the fray has directly benefitted the BJP backed Vibrant Margao panel win 2 seats at the cost of the GFP backed Fatorda Forward panel.
In Ward No 7 where BJP backed Vibrant Margao candidate Milagrina Gomes who secured 691 votes defeated GFP backed Fatorda Forward Candidate Custodio Dias by 53 votes, it is observed that AAP backed Citizen’s Choice Panel candidate Royston Gomes secured 104 votes in this general ward where candidates of GFP and AAP were hailing from the ST Community.
Similarly in the only ward where the Margao Civic Alliance comprising INC backed Model Margao and GFP backed Fatorda Forward gave Muslim community representation by GFP fielding its Women Wing Chief Adv Ashma Bi in Ward 25 that falls in the Curtorim assembly segment of the MMC,it was seen that AAP specifically chose a Muslim Candidate Shaikh Kulsum Bi who secured 60 votes resulting in defeat of the GFP’s Muslim Face Adv Ashma by a slender margin of 85 votes. The seat was won by BJP Candidate Babita Naik by securing 978 votes whereas GFP backed candidate Adv Ashma secured 893 votes.
These post result analysis gives strength to charges of vote splitters benefitting the ruling BJP and exposing lack of opposition unity in Goa. The AAP stubborn approach of contesting 40 seats and not tying up with other opposition parties for the assembly polls for 2022 indicates that the only beneficiary of this division of votes could be the BJP, which incidentally AAP positions as its opponent in state and central politics.