Panaji: Congress on Monday said that the record turn-out in the assembly election in Goa may not augur well for the party, but still it would be able to retain power in the coastal state.

 "The high turn-out is a strong statement made by the public. It may not be ideal for the Congress party, but we are forming the government with the help of allies," said Mauvin Godinho, a senior Congress leader from the state.

Counting will be held on March 6. "We may not be able to get a clear mandate, but we will be forming the government with the help of allies," said Godinho.
 
A record 81 per cent voters cast votes, surpassing the 2007 record of 71 per cent. Of the total electorate of 10.25 lakh, 8.3 lakh voted.

The ruling Congress has a pre-poll alliance with NCP in the state.’

(Agencies)