Nuvem is represented by Wilfred D’Sa, who won the last election on a Congress ticket but later joined the BJP. While Benalim is represented by Churchill Alemao.
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The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Goa (BJP) in the state assembly elections to be held next month (Goa Assembly Election 2022) has decided to field candidates on 38 out of 40 seats. A senior party functionary gave this information on Friday. The official said that in two assembly constituencies ‘Benalim’ and ‘Nuvem’, the party will not field any candidate on its election symbol.
People of Benalim and Nuvem assembly constituencies traditionally vote for non-BJP candidates. These are both Christian majority seats. Benalim is currently represented by Churchill Alemao, who joined the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress last month after winning the election on a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ticket.
Formal announcement of candidates will be done after January 16
At the same time, Nuvem is represented by Wilfred D’Sa, who won the last election on a Congress ticket but later joined the BJP. “The formal announcement about the candidates will be made after January 16,” the official said. When the parliamentary board of the party will approve the list. BJP is holding its core committee meetings to finalize the names of the candidates.
BJP high command will hold meeting with top leaders
The party’s in-charge for Goa elections and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is presiding over the meeting, which was attended by BJP state president Sadanand Shet Tanawade and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, among others. Sawant had told the media on Thursday that BJP office-bearers would go to Delhi on January 15 to hold a meeting with top leaders. Whereas the parliamentary board of the party will finalize the names of the candidates the next day.
Four BJP MLAs resign in Goa
BJP is currently ruling Goa with its 23 MLAs as four MLAs- Michael Lobo, Alina Saldanha, Carlos Almeida and Praveen Jante resigned from the party and the assembly. Apart from the BJP and the Congress, several other parties including the TMC and Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party will field their candidates in the Goa Assembly elections to be held on February 14.
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