Cong stalwarts bite the dust in Goa
Panaji: Many of the Congress stalwarts
including four from Churchill Alemao family and state party
chief Subhas Shirodkar bit the dust as the BJP-MGP alliance
on Tuesday managed to bag majority of seats in Goa assembly
Congress-NCP ministers including Churchill Alemao,
Joaquim Alemao, Manohar Asgaonkar, Filip Nery Rodrigues, Jose
Philip Dsouza, Nilkant Halarnkar and others lost the polls to
the new faces mostly fielded by BJP-MGP as election results
were declared today.
In Salcette, which is a Congress bastion, Congress won two
seats out of eight. BJP, which had fielded several Catholic
candidates, managed to make a hold in Salcette.
Catholic candidates like Matanhy Saldanha, Michael Lobo,
Glen Ticlo, Carlose Almeida defeated stalwarts. NCP, which had
won on three seats in 2007 elections, has got a single seat.
The party fought the election in alliance with Congress.
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Subhas Shirodkar
also suffered defeat at the hands of BJP’s Mahadev Naik in
GVP, a regional political outfit, which was rejuvenated by
Fransisco Miccky Pacheco, managed to win Nuvem and Benaulim
seats. Caetan Silva of the party defeated Congress` Valanka
All the four candidates from Alemao family - Valanka
(Benaulim), Joaquim (Cuncolim), Churchill (Navelim) and Yuri
(Sanguem), lost the election.
`Family raj` was one of the important issue during the
polls. Only one of BJP`s sitting MLA Damodar Naik was defeated
by independent candidate Vijay Sardesai in Fatorda
Congress candidate from Cuncolim constituency Joaquim
Aleamo lost to BJP`s candidate Subhash Naik.
In Calangute constituency, BJP`s Michael Lobo won
against Congress` Agnelo Fernandes.
BJP Goa chief Laxmikant Parsekar said that the party will
stake claim to form the next government in alliance with the
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