Hung assembly likely in Goa: Cong leads on 17 seats, BJP on 13
While Parsekar exited the counting Centre in Panaji without speaking to reporters, Dayanand Sopte dedicated the victory to his party workers and said that the people were unhappy with Parsekar's work.
"The margin of nearly 5,000 votes shows that the people were unhappy with the CM's work," Sopte said.
Here are live updates:
- BJP leads on 13 seats and Congress on 17 seats
- Goa CM loses Mandrem seat to Congress
- Heavy security outside a counting centre in Panaji
The Aam Admi Party also made a serious bid this time round, contesting a majority of seats.
The BJP fielded candidates in 36 constituencies and supported Independents in the remaining seats.
The BJP's poll campaign was led by Parrikar, which fuelled speculation that he may be chosen as chief minister if the party returns to power in the state.
Incumbent Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar is also in the fray.
Though the BJP leadership has not come out with an official statement on the leadership issue, some senior party leaders said during campaigning that the chief ministerial nominee would be chosen by the elected legislators.
The Congress, the main opposition in the state, has fielded its nominees in 37 seats and backed the candidates of the United Goan, Goa Forward and an Independent in the rest.
The outcome will also decide the fate of the alliance between Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) and the Shiv Sena.
The MGP, one of the oldest regional outfits, broke alliance with the BJP before the elections, while the GSM was floated by RSS rebel Subhash Velingkar.
The combine, according to political analysts, could harm the BJP more than the Congress and the NCP.
A new entrant to the electoral scene in the coastal state, the AAP has contested in 39 seats and the leaders who campaigned for the party included Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Keenly watched constituencies in the state include Mandrem in North Goa from where Parsekar is seeking re-election and Panaji, which was represented by Parrikar before he moved to the Centre.
In 2012, the BJP had come to power in Goa with 21 seats, The Congress had got 9 seats, MGP 3, Goa Vikas Party 2 and Independents 5.
National Unity Day: A tribute to Sardar Patel | Master Stroke
What all changed after J&K officially bifurcated into 2 UTs? | Master Stroke
Israeli spyware Pegasus snooped on Indian Journalists through Whatsapp | Master Stroke
Maharashtra: Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut Meets Sharad Pawar
Drill displays IED diffused with the help of a robot by NSG
Article 370 only gave separatism and terrorism to J&K: PM Modi in Kevadiya
Let us work towards making India $5 trillion economy: Modi To Trainee Civil Servant | Full Speech
Radio Stations in Jammu, Srinagar and Leh renamed
Jammu and Kashmir to witness 'Acche Din'? | Seedha Sawal
Expert advice on how to survive poor air quality in Delhi-NCR