The Lok Sabha polls for two Goa seats would be a turning point for state’s politics as the Congress, which ruled the state for over 20 years, would be defeated, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday.

The electorate will stamp the change in the state’s political arena during the April 12 election, Mr. Parrikar, under whose leadership BJP won the 2012 state Assembly polls, told reporters.

“The turning point had started in 2012 polls, now it will be confirmed. The Congress would be decimated in this election,” Mr. Parrikar said pointing out the current bickering within the Congress party’s state unit.

“The party on the eve of elections suspended four youth Congress workers for anti-party activities. They dissolved Dabolim constituency block and now Cuncolim constituency block officials have been suspended and replaced,” he said.

Mr. Parrikar said the party had lost its Salcette (taluka which was a Congress bastion) citadel during 2012 polls. “The Lok Sabha polls will confirm the 2012 results,” he said.

The BJP had won 21 out of 40 seats during the last Assembly polls, reducing the Congress to a single digit minority.