Dr Kashinath Jalmi is no more

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 22 July 2012 19:49 IST

Dr Kashinath Jalmi, a firebrand politician and constitutional wizard, died today at Goa Medical College hospital after brief illness.

He was 62.

His funeral will leave his Marcel residence at 11 am tomorrow.

Dr Jalmi has also served the state as a minister for health, law, revenue and legislative affairs for a brief period in 1990, when seven Congressmen defected to topple the Congress government.

He was the minister in the alternative government of Progressive Democratic Front that lasted for hardly eight months.

The three-time MLA of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, Dr Jalmi was also the firebrand opposition leader in the Assembly elected in 1994.

Though a medical practitioner, Dr Jalmi was always more interested in legal matters and was considered an encyclopedia of the Constitution of India as well as parliamentary affairs.

He was the MGP MLA for three consecutive terms since 1984 and had won with highest number of margin of 7753 votes in 1989 election.

Dr Jalmi has however remained in the history of Parliamentary democracy with his landmark decision in 1990 that speaker cannot be part of defections.

He was part of the same government of the PDF in 1990 that had elected defector speaker Dr Luis Proto Barbosa as their chief minister.

His decision was later upheld by the Supreme Court of India.

Started as a grassroot level worker of the MGP, Dr Jalmi had come up from the MGP cadre to become the party’s executive member in 1980, central executive member in 1983 and then elected as the MLA in 1984 Assembly election from St Estevam in a 30-member Goa, Daman and Diu Assembly.

Born on 13 July 1950, he struggled through his hard days the whole scheduled tribe community went through in the pre and post-liberation Goa, to become one of the few MBBS doctors from the community.

Being an active member of the Rashtra Seva Dal, Dr Jalmi was strongly influenced by socialist ideology.

He entered active politics as the sarpanch of Tivrem-Orgao in 1978.

He was also the activist of the Gomantak Gaud Maratha Samaj since 1976.

Dr Jalmi was also active in the sports field and was the active member of the Union Sports Club since 1968.

Contrary to his progressive views in the party as well as in the Assembly, Dr Jalmi was caught up in a controversy for the first time when he wholeheartedly supported the controversial Nylon 6,6 project coming up in his Priol constituency, at Keri.

In spite of fielding Savoi Verem sarpanch and MGP worker Mohan Verenkar as an independent candidate against him by the anti-Nylon 6,6 movement, Dr Jalmi scrapped through with mere margin of 1342 votes.

Dr Jalmi, a democrat otherwise, however was also made the target by the whole Goan media when he supported the clause in the Right to Information Act that tried to suppress the press freedom.

He otherwise always remained favourite of the media with his studied views on any issue and raising technical and legal issues to counter the opponents.

While his MGP tied up with the upcoming BJP in 1994 election to fight it jointly, he was defeated by BJP’s Vishwas Satarkar in 1999 election.

In 2002 Assembly election, Dr Jalmi was pushed to third position as the MGP candidate by his own friend Shrikant Amonkar, who contested on Congress ticket, electing Satarkar for the second consecutive term.

Dr Jalmi, an ardent opponent of the Congress otherwise, joined the Congress in 2007 to try and get elected once again, but could not come up from the third position.

Since then, he had quit active politics. 

Chief minister Manohar has condoled the death of Dr Jalmi, stating that his passing away is the great loss to the state of Goa.

United Goans Democratic Party has also paid tributes to Dr Jalmi, stating that his knowledge was not confined only to medicine but he had a deep knowledge of Goa’s history and culture.

He was a genuine member of the Bahujan Samaj and deeply cared for the interest of the community, sated UGDP  vice president Radharao Gracias. 

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The good doctor Jalmi was an excellent parliamentarian. More than anything else, he was a good human being, down to earth person, a beacon in his community..

- Francisco G. Lourenco, London | 27 th October 2012 04:09


a great leader has passed away. People of goa will now realise the importance of dr zalmi. He was the leader of the most opressed, the most neglacted section of goa, the tribals of goa. His greatness was he was not only a leader of tribals or hindus but he was a leader of all goans. He was a real leader who throught his life fought for social justice and upliftment of lowest sections of society. Goa will miss you sir.

- shriniwas khalap, new delhi | 22 nd July 2012 21:42


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