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Chapter 60: The Game That Worked in Goa
The Game That Worked in Goa
Elections in the Indian state of Goa held in February 2017 yielded a hung assembly. A coalition government was formed by the BJP, which was the second-largest party by a considerable margin. This chapter explains the outcome on the basis of the power that would be enjoyed by coalition partners in all the different possible coalitions that could form the government.109
On the face of it, the game was the Congress’ to lose. Four short of a simple majority with 17 MLAs, it was significantly ahead of the second-largest party, the BJP, which had 13. The Goa Forward Party (GFP) and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) had three MLAs each, the Nationalist Congress Party ...