Goa Election 2022 Result: AAP claims first-ever win as Venzy Viegas clinches Benaulim
Adding to the historic win for the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab, there was more good news for the Arvind Kejriwal-led party as it secured its first-ever seats in Goa.
Adding to the historic win for the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab, there was more good news for the party as it secured its first-ever seats in Goa. The party's candidate, Venzy Viegas, pulled off a surprise win over TMC's veteran Churchill Alemao in Benaulim, while Cruz Silva won in Velim. Former chief minister Churchill Alemao was the firm favourite in this constituency.
An assembly constituency in South Goa district, Benaulim was expected to be an interesting contest as sitting MLA, and former CM Churchill Alemao left the NCP to join the debutant Trinamool Congress for this year's assembly polls.
Stating that the 2022 election would be his last, Alemao had earlier highlighted he joined different parties to develop his constituency better. Hence, his team-up with Mamata Banerjee's TMC was an interesting watch.
No. of candidates in the fray: 5
Antonio Feliciano Dias (Tony) - Congress
Churchill Alemao - TMC
Damodar (Samir) Bandodkar - BJP
Desmond Fernandes - Revolutionary Goans Party
Venzy Viegas - AAP
Exit Polls prediction:
Exit polls earlier indicated that the coastal state might be heading for another hung assembly, much like the cliffhanger of 2017. Data predicted both BJP and the Congress would end up with around 15-18 seats each in the 40-member house. The kingmaker is likely to be Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, which might win 2-4 seats.
The vote share in 2017:
In the 2017 Goa Assembly elections, Churchill Alemao, who was in Nationalist Congress Party, defeated Royla Clarina Fernandes of the AAP by a margin of 5,191 votes, which was 24.35 per cent of the total votes cast for the seat. In this seat, the NCP received 43.98 per cent of the vote in 2017.
Goa Election 2022 voter turnout:
The estimated voter turnout in this seat in the 2022 Goa Assembly elections was 70.2 per cent. In 2017, this seat had a turnout of 74.52 per cent.