AAP Goa unit leader Dr. Prithvi Amonkar withdrawn as party candidate, may contest the polls independently

Amonkar was the party candidate from Siolim constituency (North Goa) and his candidacy had been declared in October.

Written by Harsha Raj Gatty | Panaji | Published:November 25, 2016 8:44 am
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After being withdrawn as the party candidate for state assembly polls, 40-year old AAP leader Dr. Prithvi Amonkar says he has given up his primary membership and that on the insistence of his supporters he may contest at the Goa state polls independently. Amonkar was the party candidate from Siolim constituency (North Goa) and his candidacy had been declared in October.

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While the chairperson of campaign committee of AAP, Rajeshree Nagarsekar, maintained that it had ‘no issues’ with Amonkar, she said that the changes were made based on the ‘review’ of constituency progress made by the AAP’s campaign committee.

“During our periodic review, we noticed that Siolim candidate’s efforts were not showing desired results. In the joint review meeting with the candidate, course correction was recommended. Despite all efforts there was no change in the trend. Subsequently the candidate expressed his inability and a joint/amicable (and) decision was arrived,” she said.

The campaign committee however added that Amonkar will continue with the party in other capacity. However, reiterating a different version to his exit, Amonkar said that despite his best efforts to promote the party at his constituency, the Delhi based AAP leaders decided to remove his candidature.

“Compared to all the constituency campaigned by the party, AAP at Siolim leads the trend by all parameters. Yet the AAP (Delhi) leaders are imposing their decision without consultation. I am not happy about it. They are severely undermining the leadership of party workers here. It is difficult to work under the circumstances with the party, therefore I have decided to give up my primary membership” he said.

Amonkar added that Delhi’s administrative model cannot be replicated in Goa given the difference in the geo-politics of the region and said that unless AAP leaders in Goa are allowed to function independently no party has scope of victory in polls.

“There is absolutely no leadership in Goa’s AAP unit, they do just as they are directed from Delhi. In the process we lose relationship with our constituents and it is not worth it,” he said.

Amonkar said although he continues to be volunteer of the party, his loyalist from the constituency have asked him to function independently.

“I have thrown the ball in AAP’s court, it is for them to decide. I will be meeting my supporters from tomorrow and mostly of them have already asked me to contest independently,” he said

Untill Tuesday this week, AAP in its fifth installment had announced 25 individuals as prospective candidates from the party to the 2017 state election, Dr. Prithvi Amonkar’s name was among them. However with the developments on Thursday, party spokesperson Rajeshree said that the new candidate for Siolim will be announced shortly.

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  1. S
    Nov 25, 2016 at 7:29 am
    Good decision Sir.lt;br/gt;To form a party it is not difficult but run it is not a jock ur sroundind people must be honast.I respect shri modi ji doing very well but is it srounding people are supporting him equaly?y u nt support modi in his fight against black money.
    1. R
      rajiv nath
      Nov 26, 2016 at 12:51 pm
      it is said politics is the last refugee of the scoundrels. need to check this amonkar's profile on google. People will know he is just a fake doctor and only after girls. Good decision by Aap. though he has list of more than 1000 friends on fb, at the most he would have got 200 votes. last month he took a break from fb and hid all his earlier posts on fb. you cannot fool people every time.
      1. K
        Nov 25, 2016 at 2:10 pm
        AAP is looted by its leaders.
        1. V
          Nov 25, 2016 at 2:15 pm
          please read
          1. A
            Nov 25, 2016 at 10:35 pm
            Modi is not fighting against black money. He is promoting black money. Demonetization cannot fight even 1% black money. BJP leaders themselves agree. So it was an election stunt to look like a strong leader. Google and read "BJP leaders buy lands worth crores a week before demonetization". Its the biggest scam in India's history. Black money is only an excuse to cover up for the scam.
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