PM calls Parrikar to congratulate

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday called up BJP leader Manohar Parrikar and congratulated him on the success in the Goa polls.

Updated: Mar 06, 2012, 22:13 PM IST

Panaji: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday
called up BJP leader Manohar Parrikar and congratulated him on
the success in the Goa polls.

"Prime Minister called me on my number and he
congratulated me," Parrikar told reporters this evening.

BJP has won 21 seats in the 40-member Goa assembly today,
emerging as a single largest party. Alliance partner MGP has
won 23 seats.

Parrikar said that the party will stake claim to form the
government tomorrow.

Congress, which got only 9 seats, conceded defeat.

"We accept the defeat and people`s verdict," party`s
chief spokesman in Goa, Shantaram Naik, said.

Naik said that several factors cumulatively worked
against the party, and a factual report will be submitted to
the high command.

PTI