Is it an end of Sardinha's political career?

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 18 March 2014 23:26 IST

Will this be an end of a political career of veteran politician Francisco Sardinha, who has spent 37 years in active politics since 1977?

The 68-year old teacher-turned politician has been denied Congress ticket for the first time in his political tenure, replacing him with his rival Aleixo Reginald Lourenco, who defeated him in 2007 Assembly election.

Sardinha had been the Congress MLA from Curtorim since 1977 for six terms, defeated only twice but had always been rehabilitated with Lok Sabha candidature.

He was one among the first 10 entrants of the Congress in 1977, when the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party ruled the last, till 1980.

After sitting on the opposition benches for hardly three years, Sardinha became the education minister in 1980, when Congress (Urs) swept Goa Assembly election and merged itself into Congress (Indira) as then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi defeated Congress (U) miserably, to swing back to power after the infamous Emergency and the Janata Party rule.

His first tenure marked a statewide controversy of infamous Marks Scandal, due to which he had to step down as the education minister for manipulating marks of his niece Shalini Sardinha to get herself admitted in the Goa Medical College.

He however continued as a senior minister in Pratapsing Rane government and even other successive governments of Ravi Naik, Wilfred de Souza and even his arch rival Luizinho Faleiro.

The then four-time MLA was however defeated by Anton Gaonkar of the United Goans Democratic Party in 1994 election.

He was then immediately rehabilitated with Lok Sabha candidature in 1998 election, to be elected from South Goa, by defeating then sitting MP Churchill Alemao, whose UGDP had defeated him in the previous Assembly poll.

The loyal Congressman swung back to the Assembly in 1999, but to get himself blotted as a ‘defector’.

Joining hands with the BJP, he became the chief minister, but for hardly one year as the BJP engineered more defections and pushed Sardinha out of power. Manohar Parrikar became the chief minister.

He was then readmitted to the Congress and was even fielded once again from Curtorim, to get re-elected. He continued as the MLA by successfully contesting 2002 poll.

However, he was defeated by Save Goa Front’s young candidate Aleixo Reginald Lourenco in 2007 Assembly election, but the party once again rehabilitated him the same year with a ticket for Lok Sabha poll.

Rather than bringing him back to the local politics, the Congress admitted and fielded Lourenco as the party candidate in 2012 Assembly election while continuing Sardinha as the Congress MP in 2009 election.

The same Lourenco has now stood as a major obstacle in Sardinha’s political career since the former has been chosen as the Parliamentary candidate while continuing as the Curtorim MLA.

Lourenco would continue as the MLA even if he is defeated but Sardinha may not have a chance to enter the electoral fray as he would be too old to push for his candidature.

The only hope for Sardinha otherwise is that Lourenco wins Parliamentry election from South Goa and the vacant Assembly seat of Curtorim is granted to the former. But in that case, Sardinha will have to work hard to get Lourenco elected. 

Otherwise, the next Assembly election would be held in 2017 when Sardinha would be 71-year old while the Lok Sabha election would be held two years later.

As he has too many enemies within the party who ultimately have managed to sideline him in spite of being chosen as the candidate in the first round, it will have to be seen whether he continues to battle within the party.

His then MGP colleague Dayanand Narvekar, who had also entered the Goa Assembly in 1977, has today quit the Congress by floating his own outfit – Goa Democratic Front – to contest Lok Sabha poll.

It needs to be seen which path Sardinha chooses – the Narvekar path or the loyal Congressman, without any power. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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It was certain and sure that Congress in Goa will loose

also doubt about BJP. These 2 old gamblers and corrupt.

public have to count. What Mr. Sardinha, Ravi, Rane, and

Churchill done to progress and promote Goa. Congress

Party for name sake in Goa. Congress leaders top to

bottom are corrupt, bribe, looting, crime and wash hands.

What Sardinha done for Goa, now Reginaldo coming out

with Congress he will also put dirt on his shirt. So better

goans elect one who talk truth like AAP. BJP these party

have no future where they stand and what moto they have

talk one thing next day ignored. How come people trust

such party. Last election Parrikar government promised

so many goods will deliver to the people but nothing has

been deliver up to now. House tax not waived as BJP

promised last all other just dump nothing has done

by BJP Government. Just bark like dogs . So people must

remember this election scrap these 2 parties congress/BJP

vote and elect AAP.l

- Domnick Rodrigues, Goa | 20 th March 2014 12:15


Mopa Airport = Land Scam = Corruptions = Congress & BJP.

- Jose Rod, Goa | 19 th March 2014 20:36


The two candidates from Goa for lok sabha are useless. They could not raise their voices for a train request from Goa to Tirupati. Its been decades. It took a years for a train to Valankalini. I dont know how much more time, its going to take for this train. Frankly speaking, the contribution of Goa to Lok Sabha is minimum. The ruling Government in Goa is of BJP so it would be good if people of Goa send Savaikar and Naik to Loksabha. It will be good for state of Goa.

- Vinod, Naik | 19 th March 2014 16:34


Good people of Goa. Do not vote and elect corrupt

and goondas. Elect new and young but not the same blood

like Valanka. Defeat Congress, BJP, NCP. Vote and see

new face like AAP.

- Sanjay Kumar , Goa | 19 th March 2014 15:29


Too many old "fuddy Duddy`s" administering Goa. Many from the old school of Corruption.

Time to replace them with young blood.

However a note of caution. Valanka Alemao may be young, but she is too, steeped deep into corruption.

We do not need to prove her corruption, which she constantly demands. We know she is corrupt. After all she has been coached in the fine art of bleeding/looting Goa and every Goan.

God forbid, any Alemao ever being elected to rule Goa.

- N.Fernandes, London | 18 th March 2014 23:43


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