Goa Bypoll: CM Manohar Parrikar wins Panaji

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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has reportedly won the race in Goa by winning the by-polls in Panaji, defeating the Congress’s Girish Chodankar with a margin of 4,803 votes on Monday.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the reporters, “I will resign from Rajya Sabha next week”.

The counting which reportedly began at 8 am on Monday, was observed that from the first round itself Manohar Parrikar took the lead and at the end of the round Parrikar scored  4290 votes whereas Congress’s Girish Chodankar managed to secure  2252 votes.

The counting of the votes began on Monday at around 8 am at Old GMC complex in the city.

After the result was declared, Manohar Parrikar said in a statement, “I am thankful to the people of Panaji who elected me. It’s a repeat of the 2012 assembly elections”.

Manohar Parrikar assumed the office in March after resigning as Defence Minister.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi moved to Twitter and congratulated him on his win.

Union Minister Smriti Irani congratulated Manohar Parrikar on her twitter account and wrote, “His leadership will ensure Goa’s continued journey on the development path”.

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