Goa polls results 2022: CM Sawant wins Sanquelim in close fight with Cong
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant emerged victorious in the Sanquelim assembly constituency as he defeated Congress leader Dharmesh Saglani by a margin of 600 votes, according to the Election Commission (EC).
Earlier in the day, Sawant was trailing while Saglani was leading the election race in Sanquelim and the margin was over 400. However, Sawant managed to take the lead later on.
Pramod Sawant has won the constituency since the 2012 assembly elections and this is his hat trick victory.
Another important constituency this year is Panaji, where there was a cutthroat fight between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Atanasio 'Babush' Monserrate and independent candidate Utpal Parrikar.
According to EC, Atanasio 'Babush' Monserrate won Panaji and Utpal Parrikar, the son of late chief minister Manohar Parrikar was the runner up.
This year's election in the coastal state is a tight contest between the BJP and Congress. The saffron party is fighting on all 40 seats while the Congress is in alliance with the Goa Forward Party (GFP).
The BJP is leading in 19 of the total constituencies so far. A majority of 21 constituencies is required to form the government in the coastal state.
However, the Congress party is not far behind as it is leading in 11 constituencies.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is confident of a victory, has only gained the lead in two constituencies.