A senior editor at a local cable news channel Ashley do Rosario claimed that the “silent voter” phenomenon has added a touch of unpredictability to the election and has put the fear of the devil in the top four candidates, two each from the Congress and the BJP, especially when there appeared to be no clear winners in the lot. ”We could have an element of surprise in the North Goa constituency result because of there is just too much of a contradiction. Even political parities like the Congress and the BJP do not really know what to expect, although they spout the usual bravado about ‘winning confidently’,” said Rosario.
The main contenders for the North Goa seat were sitting MP and BJP candidate Shripad Yesso Naik, Congress candidate Ravi Naik and Dattaram Desai from the AAP. Aleixo Reginaldo from the Congress and BJP’s Narendra Savoikar fought for the South Goa seat. The Congress party has won this seat in 10 out of 14 Lok Sabha elections. Whether the silent voter has spoken is an answer that can only unravel itself, when the votes polled in the electronic voting machines are decoded and winners are announced May 16. (IANS)