The Goa BJP today said it would meet with the Governor this evening to stake claim to form government. The BJP claimed it has the support of three independents – helping it cross the halfway mark in the 40-member house.
The three – Antonio Vas, Chandrakant Shetye and Alex Reginald – were leading in the early trends.
Early trends of the Goa election results show the BJP is winning in 18 seats, while the Congress is behind with 10 seats.
BJP sources said oath-taking is on Monday.
The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), which could be key in government formation, was ahead in three seats. The Goa Forward Party (GFP) was leading in 1 seat, and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2 seats.
Chief Minister and BJP candidate Pramod Sawant is leading with a margin of 350 votes from Sanquelim seat.
In a big to avoid a repeat of the 2017 fiasco when he had failed to form a government in Goa despite getting the maximum number of seats, the Congress shifted all its candidates who had contested the assembly polls to a luxury resort in Bambolim village near Panaji on Tuesday.
The Congress insisted that the candidates went to the resort in north Goa “voluntarily”, to celebrate a birthday.
The BJP fought the Goa elections on all 40 seats, while the GFP entered into a pre-poll alliance with Congress. The Trinamool Congress allied with the MGP.