Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday proposed the name of former IGP (Prisons) Elvis Gomes as the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate for the Goa Assembly polls due next year.
Kejriwal made the announcement while addressing a rally at Cuncolim in south Goa.
“Among all the AAP candidates, there is a gem: Elvis Gomes. He was in the government service for 20 years but did not make any money through wrong means. He has been an honest officer,” said Kejriwal. “The people from all religions love him. I propose his name as the next CM (candidate) of Goa,” he added.
According to a media release by AAP, Gomes, 53, is likely to contest from Cuncolim.
A senior officer in Goa Civil Service, Gomes opted for voluntary retirement in earlier this year. At the time, he held the charge of the Directorate of Urban Development, and additional charge as the IG (Prisons). He was also president of Goa Football Association.
Earlier this year, an FIR was registered against Gomes by the anti-corruption branch in connection with a 2011 land conversion case in Madgaon.
After Kejriwal’s announcement, Gomes said he had accepted the party’s decision and thanked the people of Goa. “This can happen only in AAP, where ordinary people like me are named the CM candidate,” he said.