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Congress snubs 3-time MLA hopeful of re-entry into party; Lourenco says will contest as independent

Party names Micheal Lobo’s wife Delilah Lobo from Siolim; allots one more seat to ‘disappointed’ GFP

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR | Panaji |
Updated: January 20, 2022 2:08:20 am
Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco was named as the candidate from Curtorim in south Goa in the first list of candidates issued by the Congress in December | Facebook

Three-time MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, who resigned from the Congress last month to join the Trinamool Congress only to leave the party 20 days later, will contest the upcoming assembly polls in Goa as an independent candidate. The Congress, in its fifth list issued on Wednesday, declared an election candidate from Curtorim, the seat from which Lourenco has won thrice on the party’s ticket.

The Central Election Committee of the Congress issued its fifth list of election candidates for the upcoming assembly election scheduled to be held on February 14, declaring Moreno Rebello as its candidate from Curtorim in South Goa.

Lourenco was named as the candidate from Curtorim in South Goa in the first list of candidates issued by the Congress in December. However, four days later, he still left the Congress to join the TMC.

On Monday, Lourenco had said that he regretted joining the TMC because he faced “unbelievable” backlash in his constituency and that his voters had asked him to go back to the Congress.

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A senior Congress leader said on Wednesday that the party did not agree to take Lourenco back.

“I resigned (from TMC) and I waited for them (Congress). I gave them an option. But I want to close everything and start a new chapter,” Lourenco said on Wednesday. He said, “I am going to be independent. Every election is a challenge… My people from Curtorim and my God are with me and I can assure you that I will beat them (other candidates).”

A day after the Goa Forward Party (GFP) said that it was “disappointed” after the Congress named its candidates from two constituencies– St Andre in North Goa and Cancona from South Goa– that they had staked claim to, the Congress also announced that the Mandrem constituency in North Goa had been allotted to GFP. So far the GFP has been allotted three seats.

The party also named Delilah Lobo, sarpanch of Parra Village Panchayat and wife of former BJP minister Micheal Lobo, from the Siolim constituency in the Bardez taluka. Both Micheal and Delilah Lobo resigned from the BJP and joined Congress earlier this month.

The Congress announced three more names including Carlos Alvarez Ferriera, Chairman of the Congress Legal Cell and former Advocate General of Goa, from Aldona. Kedar Naik, a candidate backed by Lobo who recently left the BJP, was declared as the Congress election candidate from Saligaon and Dr Dinesh Jalmi from Priol.

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