Goa Assembly Election 2017: More than eleven lakh voters are eligible to exercise their right in this election which has 250 candidates in fray.
Long queues were seen outside almost all the polling stations in the state with estimates of more than 40 per cent voters going to vote before lunch.
The defence minister described himself as a "party man" who will work as per the directions of party leaders.
"The voters have shown tremendous enthusiasm in favour of BJP which was witnessed during the election campaign,” the minister said.
"I lost 4 kg because I miss Goan food in Delhi. Aapko jo matlab nikalna hai nikaldo," Manohar Parrikar said.
Over 8,000 additional paramilitary personnel, in addition to the state police, have been despatched to the 1,642 polling stations across the state.
One booth in every constituency, attended by women staffers, has been marked as “model booth” and it will hand out a pink teddy bear to every first-time female voter who votes there.
Reminding the former Goa Chief Minister of the provisions of the Model Code for elections, EC had said his remarks amounted to “abetting and promoting electoral offence of bribery”.
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In a state familiar with hung assemblies and President’s rule, Saturday's assembly election looks close to call with traditional allies now split, and new players on the field.
With traditional allies splitting to present a different scenario this time, the state’s 11,10,884 voters will pick the final 40 from the 251 candidates in the fray.
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