Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today won Panaji bypoll defeating his nearest rival All India Congress Committee Secretary Girish Chodankar.
Parrikar got 9,862 votes, Girish Chodankar of Congress got 5,059 votes, Anand Shirodkar of Goa Suraksha Manch got 220 votes and Kenneth Silveira, independent candidate, got 96 votes. Three hundred and one voters opted for ‘none of the above’ option.
The voting was conducted on August 23. During the counting, that began at 8 am on Monday, Parrikar took the lead from the first round itself. At the end of round one, Parrikar had secured 4290 votes while Congress’s Girish Chodankar won 2252 votes.
At the end of round two, Parrikar’s votes shot up to 9204, while Girish Chodankar’s tally stood at 4684, giving Parrikar a lead of 4520 votes. In round three, Chodankar won 375 votes while Parrikar won 658. Two other candidates in Panaji – Anand Shirodkar representing GSM and Kenneth Silveira, an Independent, won 220 and 96 votes each. There were 301 NOTA votes.
Parrikar, speaking after the victory, said he will resign as Rajya Sabha MP next week. He currently represents Uttar Pradesh in the Upper House.
In the bypoll, Panaji saw a voter-turnout of 70 per cent with 15,538 people casting their votes.