Panaji: Bharatiya Janata Party candidates were leading in three assembly constituencies – Mapusa, Shiroda and Mandrem, whose counting is currently underway at two stations in Goa.
While Congress candidate Atanasio Monserratte is leading in Panaji assembly constituency by 1,000 votes with BJP candidate Siddharth Kunkolienkar trailing after the first round of counting.
As per the initial results announced, BJP candidate Joshua D’Souza was leading after the first round in Mapusa by-election against his nearest congress rival Sudhir Kandolkar by 600 votes while Dayanand Sopte was leading in Mandrem assembly constituency.
The state witnessed by-elections in Mandrem, Panaji, Mapusa and Shiroda Assembly segments along with Lok Sabha polls, whose counting has begun since morning. BJP, Congress, AAP and Independents are in the fray for these crucial elections, which will decide the strength on the floor of the House.
When the counting began, BJP candidate Joshua D’Souza, son of former state deputy CM late Francis, is leading by nearly 600 votes against Congress Sudir Kandolkar.
In Mandrem constituency also BJP candidate Dayanand Sopte is leading by 514 votes against Congress Babi Bagkar.
In Panaji, BJP candidate and two time MLA sidharath Kunkolienkar is trailing by over 500 votes against Congress Atanasio Monserratte.
In Shiroda, BJP candidate Subhash Shirodkar is leading by 1,000 votes against his nearest rival MGP candidate Deepak Dhavalikar.