"Independent" revolts in all 4 major parties

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 13 February 2012 22:56 IST

Vijay Sardesai

All the four major parties – Congress, BJP, NCP & MGP – have faced revolts while 375 candidates filed nominations on the last day today, with large number of independent candidates.

Surprisingly, Victoria Fernandes backtracked on her earlier decision of contesting independent from Taleigao against Congress candidate Jennifer, wife of Babush Monseratte, who is now contest from Mummy’s St Cruz constituency.

Her son Rudolph is contesting from St Cruz as independent. Sources say he may withdraw in support of MGP candidate and builder-cum-mine owner Dinar Tarcar.

The major rebels however are Vijay Sardesai in Fatorda, where Congress ticket was finally allotted to ‘Muslim’ M K Shaikh.

While announcing his rebellion, Sardesai made a startling statement that he had paid money from his own pocket to some minister to get jobs for his Fatorda workers.

Prakash Shankar Velip, vice president of the BJP, has quit the party to contest as independent since Quepem seat has been allotted to the MGP in the alliance.

Prakash Arjun Velip, former secretary to chief minister Digambar Kamat, is contesting in Quepem on MGP ticket.

Ravi Naik’s son Roy has also filed his nomination as independent from Mayem as he failed to get NCP ticket.

NCP had granted Mayem ticket to Rudresh Chodankar with a condition that Roy should not contest as independent.

It has to be seen now what stand the NCP takes with Roy filing his nomination.

The other two rebels to contest independents are– NCP’s Venkatesh Prabhu Moni in Porvorim and Minguelin D’Costa of Congress in Sanguem.

Both have alleged that their respective parties have sold tickets to the candidates from other parties – Fermina Khaunte in Porvorim and Yuri Alemao in Sanguem.

Former Canacona MLA Sanjay Bandekar also quit the party, not to contest as independent but to join the BJP to support Ramesh Tawadkar. 

The MGP also faced a revolt in Dabolim as Pratap Mardolkar, who had quit Shiv Sena with political aspirations, was denied party ticket at last minute.

He is now contesting as Trinamul Congress candidate.

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These revolts,by Party members failing to get "Tickets" and becoming "Independent Cahdidates" are pretty much useless & pointless.Following the elections,many will return to their original Party Loyalties & folds.Churchill Alemao and Babush Monseratte,amongst a few others are well known Political scoundrels, of changing Party affilations to become MLA`s.The Act by Party members defecting at times of elections only to return later to their original Partys must be viewed as peopled with skewed morals ,skewed loyalties and no clear direction.I expect Yuri Alemao ,will become a fully fledged member of the Congress Party,shortly (if) he is elected on the NCP Ticket.No doubtt he will want to join his father Joaquim, Cousin Valanka and Uncle, Churchill Alemao( the biggest Congress misfit), to lay seige and hold the Goa Legislative proccesses to ransom.Looting of the Public purse will also be a major sport& pastime for these well known family scoundrels.

- N.Fernandes, London | 14 th February 2012 21:51


No principles, no ideologies, no values---just plain greed for power....And what the power gives is the opportunity to make huge wealth for next ten generations...The ugly face of our democracy....

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 14 th February 2012 11:13


One religious based Carnival lasting 3 days starts in Goa very soon.Thereafter there will be another Political Carnival also lasting 3 days.The Political Carnival starts on 3

rd March and will end on 6th March when results are declared.The religious Carnival has many "floats" parading around Cities & towns in Goa.Similarly, there will be a lot of "to be MLA`s" Floating about.I wonder how many " Corrupt King Momo`s, will come out of the Political Carnival.

- N.Fernandes, London | 14 th February 2012 00:12


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