Goa: CM Candidates : Digambar Kamat
Assembly Elections
Goa CM Candidates
Digambar Kamat
A multi-faceted personality, Digambar Kamat took over as Chief Minister of Goa on June 8, 2007 from Congress heavyweight Pratapsingh Rane.

The 57-year-old science graduate from Bombay University faces a gigantic task of ensuring that the Congress rides back to power in the state.

A five-time MLA, beginning 1994, from his hometown Margao, Kamat is known for his calm demeanour and grasp on grass-root politics.

Kamat made his entry into politics after multiple stints as chairman of Goa Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC).

Kamat stepped into the big league in 1999 when he was made a cabinet minister in the Fransisco Sardhina government. He switched loyalty in 2002 and joined the BJP government under Manohar Parrikar and continued as a cabinet minister.

He rejoined the Congress in 2005 and retained his cabinet portfolio before being appointed as the Chief Minister in 2007.

It was said that he was elevated to the top post as a ‘compromise formula’ that was hammered out by the Congress leadership after Pratapsingh Rane’s continuation as CM became untenable.

Kamat’s tenure as CM was rocky considering the ‘demands’ from the power centres operating from within his cabinet. His government is also embroiled in many allegations of corruption.

Of achievements, the most notable being the rapid strides made by government in developing the tourist potential of the state. The Goa International Travel Mart (GITM), started during his tenure has been very successful in re-establishing Goa’s position as a tourist hotspot.

Kamat government has also worked towards improving basic infrastructure in the state.

Although most poll observers may like to write him off, Kamat does hold a reasonable chance of returning as CM.

Apart from the usual vote bank calculations, elections in Goa are also driven by individual personas with the small size of the state assembly making it a fertile ground for power brokering. More importantly, powerful members of the Kamat cabinet may themselves want, and then ensure that he retains his chair.

Caught between ‘mined’ mountains and the azure sea, Digambar Kamat is facing his toughest challenge yet.
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Date of issue of Notification 06.02.2012 (Monday)
Last Date for Nominations 13.02.2012 (Monday)
Date for Scrutiny 14.02.2012 (Tuesday)
Date of Poll 03.03.2012 (Saturday)
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