- Congress and BJP neck in neck in Goa
- BJP Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar loses in Mandrem
- Exit polls had predicted BJP could retain Goa
In Goa's in Mandrem constituency, BJP Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar lost to Congress rival Dayanand Sopte.
Exit polls had predicted that the BJP could retain Goa. Three out of four exit polls did not rule out a majority for the party and only one predicted a hung house. The aggregate gave the BJP 18 of the state's 40 seats.
Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, which contested from Goa in an effort to expand its footprint beyond Delhi but was portrayed as an outsider by both the BJP and the Congress, is yet to open an account.
Claiming that he is still "hopeful", senior AAP leader Somnath Bharti said, "Punjab and Goa could be a great learning experience on what went wrong... But the clear advantage would be that after the BJP and Congress, we would be a party with a footprint in more than two states."