Congress wins Goa by-poll
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 10:37
Panaji: Congress candidate Vishwajeet Rane Thursday won the Valpoi legislative assembly by-poll, defeating his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) opponent by a margin of over 8,000 votes.

Rane, a cabinet minister in the Congress-led coalition government in Goa, got 11,642 votes while BJP's Santosh Haldankar received only 3,237 votes.

The by-poll, held Oct 18, was necessitated after Rane, who was an independent legislator, joined the Congress a couple of months back.

Thursday's victory took the Congress tally in the 40-member Goa legislative assembly to 20, while the BJP has 14 legislators, Nationalist Congress Party three legislators, and others three.


First Published: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 10:37

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