Updated: January 18, 2022 10:23:14 pm
The Congress Central Election Committee on Tuesday issued its third list of Goa assembly election candidates declaring Micheal Lobo, former BJP minister who joined the party last week, as its candidate from the Calangute Assembly constituency. Among the nine names that the party declared, notable is Prasad Gaonkar, an independent MLA, who had first pledged support to the TMC but later joined the Congress and former Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) MLA Lavoo Mamledar, who recently quit the TMC to join the Congress.
While Lobo will contest the from Calangute, from where he has been elected thrice, Gaonkar who won the Sanguem seat as an independent in 2017 will now contest the seat on a Congress ticket.
Expected to face Chief Minister Pramod Sawant in his constituency of Sanquelim once again, is Congress candidate Dharmesh Saglani, who Sawant had defeated in 2017 by a margin of 2,099 votes.
Lavoo Mamledar, a former police officer and former MGP MLA from Ponda, is expected to face senior MGP leader and the party’s lone MLA in the outgoing Assembly Ramkrishna alias Sudin Dhavalikar, a seven-time MLA and former deputy chief minister.
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The Congress’s announcement of Anthony Rodrigues as its candidate from the St Andre constituency, however, disappointed an aspirant from its ally Goa Forward Party (GFP). Jagdish Bhobe, who had already started campaigning in the constituency in North Goa as a GFP candidate, tendered his resignation on Tuesday evening. Hours after he resigned from the GFP, he featured on the Goa Trinamool Congress’s first list of candidates. He will now contest the St Andre seat on a TMC ticket.
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