“If Congress allots me the ticket I will contest on the party platform, otherwise as an independent.” said Churchill Alemao.
There is no denying of the fact that alliances among the political parties will play a major role in the upcoming state assembly election. The congress party is currently in talks with GFP (Goa Forward Party) and GVP (Goa Vikas Party led by mickky Pacheco).
Through the discussion it has emerged that congress and GVP are considering Churchill Alemao’s candidature seriously. While Alemao on his part has asked (or rather supported ) Luizinho Faliero to contest from Navelim constituency. Rivalry between the two is well known.
GVP & Congress alliance equation
Congress according to reports on realising consequences of Alemao contesting as a independent candidate in Benaulim, has begun its negotiations with GVP on that note. GVP has demanded Nuvem, Benaulim and Cortalim constituencies for itself.
Congress on the other hand is seriously considering GVP’s proposal since first two constituencies are already with the regional outfit. However, in a way to accommodate Alemao, it seems congress may demand GVP to give Benaulim ticket to Alemao. If this were to happen, this would be most noteworthy, as Pachecho and Alemao are political rivals (Pachecho had defeated Alemao in 2002 in Benaulim constituency on a UGDP ticket).
The Nationalist Congress Party has approached Alemao to contest on its ticket. In the equation, NCP needs Alemao more than Alemao needs NCP. It is worth remembering NCP in 2015 had denied Alemao entry into the party.
While, Alemao always seems to get by one way or the other. Pachecho’s strained relations with party’s Benaulim MLA Caitu Silva may benefit Alemao in the long run. Consequently, prospects look bright for Churchill Alemao.
After his defeat from Navelim constituency in 2012 polls Churchill laid low for a while . He did make a ‘comeback’ by contesting the South Goa seat in 2014 for the general elections. Many political commentators termed it a attempt by the BJP to decrease Congress’ prospects in the elections by splitting its vote bank.
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