Former union defence minister and Goa chief minister, Manohar Parrikar, made a landmark victory in the Panaji by-polls, by a margin of 4,803 votes.
The by-polls in the state were necessitated after Parrikar’s return to state politics in March 2017, as the CM.
After winning in the by-polls, Parrikar said that he would resign from the Rajya Sabha in the coming week.
“Winning by such margin is great. The people are wise,” he said.
He marked his return to state politics after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), despite not being the single-largest party in the state, went on to form the government with the help and alliance of Independents and other small parties.
Also, Vishwajit Rane, a former Congress leader who is now a minister in the state cabinet, won the Valpoi seat for the BJP, by a margin of 10,066 votes.
Earlier, Parrikar was condemned over an alleged video circulated on the internet, which quoted him saying that he may return to the Centre if he loses in the Goa by-polls.