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Congress releases first list of candidates in Goa

Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and all Congress members in his cabinet figure in the party`s first list of 22 candidates.



Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat
and all Congress members in his cabinet figure in the party`s
first list of 22 candidates for the March 3 Assembly polls
announced here on Saturday.

The list contains two new faces but the party has
sprung a surprise by denying ticket to Victoria Fernandes, the
Congress` lone woman MLA.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Subhash
Shirodkar said the second and final list of names of 11
nominees would be announced tomorrow.

The party, heading a coalition government in the coastal
state, is contesting in 33 out of the total 40 seats.

He said Congress has almost finalised its pre-poll
alliance with NCP which will be fighting on seven seats.

Assembly Speaker Pratapsinh Rane and Shirodkar figure
in the list. Goa has nine Congress Ministers, including the
Chief Minister.

Two former BJP legislators Dayanand Sopte and Rajesh
Patnekar - who have joined Congress, have been given ticket
from their respective constituencies.

Fernandes, a veteran Congress member, is the MLA from
St Cruz, a constituency from where controversial Minister
Atanasio Monserratte has been fielded this time.

The candidate for Taleigao segment, now represented by
Monserratte, has not been announced. Party sources said
Monserratte`s wife, Jeniffer, would be given ticket there.

Goa Congress campaign manager Mauvin Godinho said the
party after considering various factors, including
winnability, decided to refuse ticket to Fernandes. She may be
suitably accommodated if the party returns to power, he said.

The party has fielded city Mayor Yatin Parekh from
Panaji where he will cross swords with BJP veteran and former
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

PTI

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