Goa Legislative Assembly election, 2012

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Goa legislative assembly election, 2012
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All 40 assembly constituencies
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Leader Manohar Parrikar Digambar Kamat
Last election 16 16
Seats won 21 9
Seat change Increase 5 Decrease 7

Chief Minister before election

Digambar Kamat

Elected Chief Minister

Manohar Parrikar

The Goa legislative assembly election was held on 3 March 2012, to select the 40 members of the Vidhan Sabha.

The result was announced on 6 March. The Bharatiya Janata Party-Maharashtrawadi Gomantak alliance defeated the incumbent Indian National Congress government in Goa led by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat with 24 seats in the 40-seat assembly. The Bharatiya Janata Party won 21 seats, while the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party won 3 seats. The MLA with the biggest margin of victory was the Roman Catholic incumbent MLA Frances D'Souza of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Former chief minister Manohar Parrikar was sworn in as the new chief minister.[1]


The timetable of the electoral events are:[2]

Event Date
Issue of Notification 6 February
Candidature filing deadling 13 February
Clearance of nominees 14 February
Candidature withdrawal deadline 16 February
Election 3 March
Result 6 March
Deadline to finish election 9 March


The Indian National Congress (INC), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are the national political parties in the fray. Other regional parties include the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak, Goa Vikas Party, United Goans Democratic Party and Go Su-raj Party.


The issue of the cultural identity of Goa has also come to the fore in the past few years. The population of Goa has rapidly swelled due to increasing migration levels from neighbouring Karnataka and Maharashtra, as well as from further afield such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.[3]


Following the 2011 Indian anti-corruption movement several allegations of corruption have been made on incumbent government going to elections this year.

Nepotism was also an issue. Former CM and current head of the Goa TMC Wilfred de Souza accused the INC of perpetrating a "Family Raj" in its allotment of tickets for the election to relatives of INC leaders from such families as the Naiks, Alemaos, Ranes and Monserrates. He also cited the denial of an electoral ticket to his son-in-law Tulio D’Souza in Saligao despite the INC also denying him a ticket.

He also criticised the inability of incumbent CM Digambar Kamat to have stopped illegal mining while he was the minister of mining and finance minister in the previous government. He cited a report by a commission led by Justice M. B. Shah to investigate illegal mining in the country that suggested potential revenue of US$423 million was lost through illegal ore exports after he said he had seen a "leaked" version of the report.[4]


e • d Summary of the Goa Legislative Assembly election, 2012 result
Party Seats contested Seats won Seat change Vote share
Bhartiya Janata Party 28 21 Increase 5 34.68%
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak 7 3 Increase 1 6.72%
Indian National Congress 34 9 Decrease 7 30.78%
Nationalist Congress Party 6 0 Decrease 3 4.08%
All India Trinamool Congress 20 0 Decrease 1.81%
United Goans Democratic Party 7 0 Decrease 1 1.17%
Goa Vikas Party 9 2 Increase 2 3.5%
Save Goa Front 0 0 Decrease 2 0%
Independents 72 5 Increase 3 16.67%
Total - 40 -
Source: [1]

Elected MLAs[edit]

The following is the list of winning MLAs in the election.

Constituency Number Constituency Winner Party Margin
10 Aldona Glenn Ticlo Bharatiya Janata Party 3476
8 Calangute Michael Vincent Lobo Bharatiya Janata Party 1869
3 Bicholim Naresh Sawal Independents. Resigned MLA post and joined MGP [5] 1799
34 Cuncolim Subhash Rajan Naik Bharatiya Janata Party 1313
37 Curchorem Nilesh Cabral Bharatiya Janata Party 8792
26 Dabolim* Mauvin Godinho Indian National Congress. Resigned MLA post and joined Bharatiya Janata Party 944
16 Maem Anant Shet** Bharatiya Janata Party*** 5719
30 Fatorda Vijai Sardesai Independents 1939
28 Nuvem* Francisco Xavier Pacheco (alias Mickky) Goa Vikas Party 4196
18 Poriem Pratapsingh Rane** Indian National Congress*** 2547
36 Quepem Chandrakant Kavlekar Indian National Congress 6373
38 Sanvordem Ganesh Chandru Gaonkar Bharatiya Janata Party 2291
22 Sirodar Mahadev Naik** Bharatiya Janata Party*** 2262
4 Tivim Kiran Kandolkar Bharatiya Janata Party 1112
32 Benaulim Caetano R. Silva Goa Vikas Party 2001
20 Priol Deepak Pandurang Dhavalikar (alias Deepak Dhavalikar)** Maharashtrawadi Gomantak*** 2100
13 St. Cruz Atanasio Monserrate Indian National Congress*** . Resigned MLA post and revived United Goans Party 2336
40 Canacona Ramesh Tawadkar Bharatiya Janata Party*** 2704
17 Sanquelim* Pramod Sawant Bharatiya Janata Party 6918
31 Margao Digambar Kamat** Indian National Congress*** 4452
33 Navelim Avertano Furtado[Note 1] Independents 2145
5 Mapusa Francis D'Souza** Bharatiya Janata Party*** 10169
23 Marcaim Sudin Dhavalikar** Maharashtrawadi Gomantak*** 7230
39 Sanguem Subhash U. Phal Desai Bharatiya Janata Party*** 483
35 Velim Benjamin Silva Independents 4926
29 Curotirm Aleixo Lourenco Indian National Congress 4069
15 Cumbarjua Pandurang Madkaikar** Indian National Congress. Resigned MLA post and joined Bharatiya Janata Party[6] 1575
11 Panaji Siddharth Kunkolienkar (by poll) Bharatiya Janata Party*** 12367
2 Pernem Rajendra Arlekar Bharatiya Janata Party*** 8353
19 Valpoi Vishwajit Pratapsingh Rane** Indian National Congress 2939
25 Vasco da Gama Jose Luis Carlos Almeida Bharatiya Janata Party 4490
21 Ponda Lavoo Mamledar Maharashtrawadi Gomantak 3190
9 Porvorim* Rohan Khaunte Independents 901
14 St. Andre Vishnu Surya Naik Wagh Bharatiya Janata Party 1219
1 Mandrem Laxmikant Parsekar** Bharatiya Janata Party*** 3435
6 Siolem Dayanand Mandrekar** Bharatiya Janata Party*** 2171
24 Mormugao Milind Naik** Bharatiya Janata Party*** 913
27 Cortalim* José Matanhy de Saldanha (BYE ELECTION 02-06-2012) Alina Saldanha Bharatiya Janata Party 2269
12 Taleigao Jennifer Monserrate[Note 1] Indian National Congress 438
7 Saligao Dilip Parulekar Bharatiya Janata Party 5808

*New constituency
**Incumbent MLA
***Incumbent party


Shortly after the election, the Cortalim seat was opened for a by-election following the death of the incumbent, Matanhy Saldanha, as a result of a heart attack. His wife, Alina Saldanha, was originally scheduled to run against Raymond D’Sa of the INC and independent candidate Ramakant Borkar, though the latter two soon withdrew from the race and she was elected unopposed on 25 May. She was given her husband's ministerial portfolio as forest minister.[7][8][9] She immediately said that she would not allow mining on forest land.[10]


The Daily Pioneer called this election "the first time that the BJP has stamped its success in so many of those constituencies that have a significant population of the minority community."[11]


  1. ^ a b Defeated the incumbent INC's former CM and current MP Churchill Alemao Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "perps" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).


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