Goa Latest News And Updates
The BJP-led government's plans to allow five more casinos in Goa has found opposition from one of its own legislators. Calangute legislator and the BJP's North Goa district president Michael Lobo on Thursday told a media conference that he would oppose his government's decision to grant licenses to more casinos. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar had on Wednesday said that more casinos could soon dot Goa's landscape. "Increasing the number of casinos is just not right. I am going to oppose the move," Lobo told reporters in Panaji. Source: IANS
A Goa trial court on Wednesday issued a search warrant for Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's official residence in Delhi for former archives and archaeology minister Francisco Pacheco, who has been reported missing for a fortnight. The search warrant directs the police to search Parrikar's official residence in Delhi, to trace Pacheco, after the petitioner, a lawyer-activist Aires Rodrigues, told the trial court that Pacheco was seen in the vicinity of 10, Akbar Road in New Delhi. The search warrant for 10, Akbar Road, New Delhi, along with a fresh arrest warrant to be served on Pacheco, was issued by Judicial Magistrate First Class Bosco Roberts in Margao, located 35 km from here. Source: IANS
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condoled the death of three-time Odisha chief minister and former Assam governor Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, saying that he would be remembered as a "pillar of Odisha politics". Patnaik, 89, passed away at a private hospital in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday at 3 a.m. "Shri J.B. Patnaik's contribution to Odisha's development will always be remembered. Saddened on his demise. Condolences to his family," Modi said in a statement. "Shri Patnaik will be remembered as a pillar of Odisha politics, a popular leader always connected with people's views and aspirations," he added. Source: IANS
Ahead of an impending reshuffle of the BJP's state executive and a possible change of its state president, party joint general secretary V. Satish met legislators and the party's senior state-level functionaries in Panaji on Monday. While Satish, who conducted a series of one-to-one interviews with the state leadership, did not comment, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza told reporters at a city hotel that the interaction was a routine review of the party's affairs ahead of an expected reshuffle in the state executive. Source: IANS
NCP's new Goa unit chief Suhas Valavaikar on Tuesday said that his appointment has been put on hold by the party's top brass due to opposition from the state executive committee. Addressing a press conference at the party's state headquarters in Panaji, Valavaikar also said that the Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) senior national vice president Praful Patel would arrive in Goa over the weekend and resolve the deadlock between the two groups. "I was appointed as state president on April 8. But I was informed by Patelji late on Monday night that my appointment had been kept on hold because of opposition from some of the local leaders," he said. Source: IANS
Goa Zila Panchayat Election Results 2015
|Goa Zila Panchayat||Candidate Name||Party||Status|
|ST Cruz||Savana Araujo||Independent||Won|
|USGao||Dyaneshwar Naik||Independent||Won (supported by Vishwajit Rane)|
|Betki Khandola||Babita Gaonkar||MGP||Won|
|Karapur Sarvan||Ankita Navelkar||BJP||Won|
|Morjim||Shrimati Shridhar Manjrekar||N.A||Leading|
Goa By-Election Results 2015
|Panaji||Sidharth Sripad Kuncalienker||BJP||9989||Furtado Surendra||INC||4621|
Goa Lok Sabha Election Summary 2014The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won both the seats in Goa. The North Goa and South Goa constituencies are grabbed by BJP.
Goa is the smallest state in India in terms of area (3,702 sq km) and is the 4th smallest in terms of population. However, in terms of GDP per capita, it is the richest state in India. This state shares its border with Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Quick facts for Goa Elections
|Parliamentary Constituencies|| |
|Ruling Party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Opposition Party||Indian National Congress|
|Chief Minister||Laxmikant Parsekar|
|Chief Electoral Officer||Keshav Chandra|
|Address||Chief Electoral Office Althino Panaji Goa|
Goa Elections History
- In the 2009 Lok Sabha election, the INC won 1 seat and the BJP won 1 seat.
- In the 2004 Lok Sabha election, the INC won 1 seat and the BJP won 1 seat.
- In the 1999 Lok Sabha election, the BJP won 2 seats.
- In the 1998 Lok Sabha election, the INC won 2 seats.
- In the 1996 Lok Sabha election, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak won 1 seat and the United Goans Democratic Party won 1 seat.
- In the 1991 Lok Sabha election, the INC won 2 seats.
- In the 1989 Lok Sabha election, the INC won 1 seat and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak won 1 seat.
- In the 1984 Lok Sabha election, the INC won 2 seats.
- In the 1980 Lok Sabha election (including Goa and Daman & Diu), the INC(U) won 1 seat and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak won 1 seat.
- In the 1977 Lok Sabha election (including Goa and Daman & Diu), the INC won 1 seat and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak won 1 seat.
- In the 1971 Lok Sabha election (including Goa and Daman & Diu), the INC won 1 seat and the United Goans - Seqveria Group won 1 seat.
- In the 1967 Lok Sabha election (including Goa and Daman & Diu), independents won 1 seat and the United Goans - Seqveria Group won 1 seat.
The state of Goa has two seats in the Lok Sabha and one in the Rajya Sabha. The state has a unicameral legislature and the Legislative Assemby comprises of 40 members headed by the Chief Minister. Goa does not have its own judiciary. The state comes under the Bombay High Court. A bench of the High Court is present in Panaji, the capital of Goa.
Issues of the state
The issues that are of major concern to the people of Goa are drug trade and mining chaos. Another major problem is that of casinos in the state. Goa has five operational offshore casinos and nearly a dozen onshore casinos, which attract many gamblers to the state every year. The Congress promised to offer a solution to the problem of drug mafia in its election manifesto. The party also talked about the special status, solution for crisis faced by people with dual nationality, besides law and order situation.
Goa Major Political Parties
Bharatiya Janata Party
In Goa, BJP is running the ruling government, whose chief minister is Laxmikant Parsekar. Manohar Parrikar who was the previous CM was included in the Union Cabinet due to which he had to resign as Goa CM. Parrikar is known as being close to the Prime Ministerial candidate of the party, Narendra Modi. In fact, this is the 3rd stint of Parrikar as Chief Minister of Goa. The state president of Goa BJP is Vinay Dinu Tendulkar. The party’s two wings that are very active in organizational matters are Mahila Morcha and Yuva Morcha. During 2009 General Election, the BJP won 1 seat in Goa and bagged 252,694 (44.78%) votes.
Indian National Congress
The Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) is the state unit of the Indian National Congress. Its President is former MP John Fernandes. He is perceived in his party circle as the leading voice against the proposed Mopa Airport. The committee has also named four officials who are authorised to speak with the media, and they are Atanasio Monteiro, Jitendra Deshprabhu, Manohar Azgaonkar, and Pramod Salgaocar. The Convenor of the GPCC’s media and publicity cell is Milan Burman, who will work under the direct chairmanship of John Fernandes. The INC has already started the process of nominating candidates for the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha election. The final list of the candidates is expected to be discussed and announced by the end of February 2014. During the 2009 General Election, the INC won 1 seat in Goa and bagged 127,494 (22.6%) votes.
As per 2011 census, the population size in Goa is 1,458,545, among which 739,140 are male and 719,405 are female. Most importantly, population in rural and urban areas is 551,731 and 906,814, respectively. Around 87% of the population of Goa is literate. The sex ratio is 973, which has improved over the last decade. Most of the population (65.7%) follows the Hindu religion, followed by Christianity (26.6%), Islam (6.8%), Sikhism (0.07%), Jainism (0.06%), Buddhism (0.05%), and other religions (0.026%). The percentage of Scheduled Tribes in Goa is very less, just 0.04% of the total population. Konkani is spoken by most of the population in Goa (61%), while other languages are Marathi (19%), Kannada (7%), Hindi (5%), and Urdu (4%).
Goa Assembly Election Results:
List of Chief Ministers of Goa
|Sl.No.||Name of Chief Ministers||From||To||Party|
|1||Laxmikant Parsekar||Nov 8, 2014||Present||BJP|
|2||Manohar Parrikar||Mar 9, 2012||Nov 8, 2014||BJP|
|3||Digambar Kamat||Jun 8, 2007||Mar 9, 2012||INC|
|4||Pratapsing Rane||Jun 7, 2005||Jun 8, 2007||INC|
|5||President's rule||Mar 4, 2005||Jun 7, 2005|
|6||Pratapsing Rane||Feb 2, 2005||Mar 4, 2005||INC|
|7||Manohar Parrikar||Oct 24, 2000||Feb 2, 2005||BJP|
|8||Francisco Sardinha||Nov 24, 1999||Oct 24, 2000||Goa People's Congress|
|9||Luizinho Faleiro||Jun 9, 1999||Nov 24, 1999||INC|
|10||President's rule||Feb 9, 1999||Jun 9, 1999|
|11||Luizinho Faleiro||Nov 26, 1998||Feb 9, 1999||INC|
|12||Dr Wilfred de Souza||Jul 30, 1998||Nov 26, 1998||Goa Rajiv Congress|
|13||Pratapsing Rane||Dec 16, 1994||Jul 30, 1998||INC|
|14||Dr Wilfred de Souza||Apr 8, 1994||Dec 16, 1994||INC|
|15||Ravi S. Naik||Apr 2, 1994||Apr 8, 1994||INC|
|16||Dr Wilfred de Souza||May 18, 1993||Apr 2, 1994||INC|
|17||Ravi S. Naik||Jan 25, 1991||May 18, 1993||INC|
|18||President's rule||Dec 14, 1990||Jan 25, 1991|
|19||Dr. Luis Proto Barbosa||Apr 14, 1990||Dec 14, 1990||Progressive Democratic Front|
|20||Churchill Alemao||Mar 27, 1990||Apr 14, 1990||Progressive Democratic Front|
|21||Pratapsingh Rane||Jan 16, 1980||Mar 27, 1990||(INC)(U)|
|22||President's rule||Apr 27, 1979||Jan 16, 1980|
|23||Shashikala Kakodkar||Aug 12, 1973||Apr 27, 1979||MGP|
|24||Dayanand Bandodkar||Apr 5, 1967||Aug 12, 1973||MGP|
|25||President's rule||Dec 2, 1966||Apr 5, 1967|
|26||Dayanand Bandodkar||Dec 20, 1963||Dec 2, 1966||MGP|
List of Governors of Goa
|S.No.||Governor of Name||From||To|
|1||Mridula Sinha||August 26, 2014||Present|
|2||Smt. Margaret Alva||Jul 12th, 2014 (temporary charge)||August 26, 2014|
|3||Bharat Vir Wanchoo||May 4, 2012||Jul 04, 2014 (Resigned)|
|4||Kateekal Sankaranarayanan||August 27, 2011||May 3, 2012|
|5||Shivinder Singh Sidhu||July 22, 2008||August 26, 2011|
|6||S. C. Jamir||July 17, 2004||July 21, 2008|
|7||Mohammed Fazal||July 3, 2004||July 16, 2004|
|8||Kidar Nath Sahani||October 26, 2002||July 2, 2004|
|9||Mohammed Fazal||November 26, 1999||October 25, 2002|
|10||J. F. R. Jacob||April 19, 1998||November 26, 1999|
|11||T. R. Satish Chandran||January 16, 1998||April 18, 1998|
|12||P.C. Alexander||July 19, 1996||January 15, 1998|
|13||Romesh Bhandari||June 16, 1995||July 18, 1996|
|14||Gopala Ramanujam||August 4, 1994||June 15, 1995|
|15||B. Rachaiah||April 4, 1994||August 3, 1994|
|16||Bhanu Prakash Singh||March 18, 1991||April 3, 1994|
|17||Khurshed Alam Khan||July 18, 1989||March 17, 1991|
|18||Gopal Singh||May 30, 1987||July 17, 1989|
|19||Gopal Singh||September 24, 1984||May 29, 1987|
|20||I H Latif||July 4, 1984||September 23, 1984|
|21||K. T. Satarawala||February 24, 1983||July 3, 1984|
|22||I H Latif||August 30, 1982||February 23, 1983|
|23||Jagmohan||March 31, 1981||August 29, 1982|
|24||P. S. Gill||November 16, 1977||March 30, 1981|
|25||S. K. Banerji||November 16, 1972||November 15, 1977|
|26||Nakul Sen||April 18, 1967||November 15, 1972|
|27||K. R. Damle||February 24, 1965||April 17, 1967|
|28||Hari Sharma||December 12, 1964||February 23, 1965|
|29||M. R. Sachdev||September 2, 1963||December 8, 1964|
|30||T. Sivasankar||June 7, 1962||September 1, 1963|
|31||Maj Gen K. P. Candeth (Military Governor)||December 19, 1961||June 6, 1962|
Cabinet Ministers of Goa
|Ministries||Name of Minsiter|
|Chief Minister of Goa, Home, Personnel, Finance, General Administration, Vigilance, Education||Shri Laxmikant Parsekar|
|Urban Development, Revenue, Craftsmen Training, Information Technology, N.R.I Affairs||Shri Francis Dsouza|
|PWD, Transport, River Navigation, Non Conventional Energy||Shri Ramkrishna alias Sudin Dhavalikar|
|Health, Panchayati Raj and Community Development, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Service||eat vacant as Laxmikant Parsekar who previously held this post has been made the new CM of Goa|
|Water Resources, Civil Supplies and Price Control, Art & Culture, Archaeology||Shri Dayanand Mandrekar|
|Sports and Youth Affairs, Tribal Welfare, Archives||Shri Ramesh Tawadkar|
|Industries, Social Welfare, Legal Metrology, Handicrafts, Textile and Coir||Shri Mahadev Naik|
|Tourism, Women & Child Development, Protocol||Shri Dilip Parulekar|
|Power including State Electrical Inspectorate, Housing, Information and Publicity, Printing & Stationary||Shri Milind Naik|
|Co-operation, Factories & Boilers, Craftsmen Training||Shri Pandurang Alias Deepak Dhavalikar|
|Labour & Employment, Fisheries, Rural Development||Shri Avertano Furtado|
|Musuem, Environment, Forest||Smt. Alina Saldanha|
Rajya Sabha Members from Goa
|Shri Shantaram Naik||Indian National Congress||29/07/2011 to 28/07/2017|
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Goa
Shri Keshav Chandra, IAS, is the Chief Electoral Officer of Goa.
Contact Details: (0832)2225215 (Office)
Mob no. : 9552531809
Joint Chief Electoral Officer is Shri Narayan S. Navti.
He can be reached at:
Mob no. : 9404912277
Website: http://ceogoa.nic.in More...
Goa Lok Sabha Election Results 2014 - Party wise
Shown below are the number of seats won by BJP, INC, AAP and others in Goa Lok Sabha Elections 2014.
Goa 2014 Party Wise Results
Shown below is the list of winner/runnerup candidates of all parliamentary constituencies ofGoa with their party name and symbol along with the votes secured by each candidate.
|South Goa||Winner||Narendra Keshav Sawaikar|
|Runner up||Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco|
|North Goa||Winner||Shripad Yesso Naik|
|Runner up||Ravi Naik|
Last Updated on March 20, 2015