Panaji: BJP on Monday won the Cortalim by-poll unopposed as all the rival candidates, including that of the Congress party, withdrew their nominations today.
Alina, wife of former Tourism Minister Matanhy Saldanha, was declared `elected unopposed` from this constituency.
However, Congress party leaders were left shocked, as their official candidate withdrew from the fray without even informing them.
"We were not even informed by the candidate. Till late last night, he was with me. We were supposed to start the campaigning from today," said Goa Congress chief Subhash Shirodkar.
He said that candidate Raymond D`Sa, had himself sought the ticket and was chosen to contest the by-poll as he was a local leader.
BJP, on the other hand, was jubilant over the today`s developments.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar claimed that Congress withdrew their candidate to avoid defeat in the by-poll.