As Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) clean sweeps Punjab and is set to form the government in the state, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP has also made significant inroads in Goa, winning two seats in South Goa.
AAP's Candidate Venzy Viegas unseated former chief minister and political heavyweight Churchill Alemao, who contest on a Trinamool Congress's ticket while Cruz Silva has won from Velim, defeating Congress' D'Silva Savio.
The party had drawn a blank when it contested the 2017 Assembly election in the state but in its second Assembly election, it has already two seats.
However, AAP’s other prominent candidates including Mhambre who contested from Mapusa, its chief ministerial candidate Amit Palekar, who contested from St Cruz and lawyer Pratima Countinho lost their seats.
AAP Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that AAP has been given grand welcome in the coastal state. "We have formed govt in Punjab, have been given a grand entry in Goa that too in the first attempt," Sisodia said.
After winning two seats in the Assembly elections, Arvind Kejriwal said it is the "beginning of honest politics in Goa".
"AAP wins two seats in Goa. Congratulations and best wishes to Capt Venzy and Er Cruz. Its the beginning of honest politics in Goa," he tweeted.