- Goa is a state situated along the Konkan coast of Western India.
- It is the smallest state with an area of 3702 sq km and 4th smallest in terms of population in India.
- This is the state with the highest GDP capital in India.
- Capital city is Panaji while Vasco da Gama is its largest city. Goa used to be a Portugese province and the cultural influence can still be felt in the state.
- One of the major tourist destinations in India for both domestic as well as International tourists.
- Goa’s seven major rivers are the Zuari, Mandovi, Terekhol, Chapora, Galgibag, Kumbarjua canal, Talpona and the Sal.
- It has 2 districts each representing a seat in Lok Sabha, 40 seats in State Assembly and 1 seat in Rajya Sabha.
- The major political parties are BJP and Congress.
Goa has always been a tough state to predict results. Since its inception as a state there has been a clear divide – one side is of Catholic Christians and upper-caste Hindus while the other side is of the economically weakened Hindus.
The North Goa constitutency or the Panaji region has always supported BJP while the South Goa or the Mormugao region has divided its preferences between BJP and Congress. 2019 election results in Goa can see a repeat of 2014 results when BJP won from both constituencies. The State Govt is currently under BJP’s control and the current CM Manohar Parrikar is a popular leader in the state. Combined with Narendra Modi wave, BJP has a good chance of winning both seats again in 2019.
Goa has a total electorate count of 10,60,777 off which 817,440 voters exercised their rights in the 2014 elections, which was close to almost 77.06% voting. North Goa saw 78.95% voting while South Goa witnessed 75.27% voting.
19 candidates took part in the 2014 Goa elections and almost 80% lost their deposits! BJP candidate Shripad Yasso Naik got the highest votes (237903), lowest votes (530) were polled by Adv. Jawahar Dias of GOA party.