Lawyer Amit Palekar is AAP’s nominee for Prime Minister of Goa, says Arvind Kejriwal – Archyde


Arvind Kejriwal announced Amit Palekar as his candidate for Goa at a Panaji press meeting


Lawyer and social worker Amit Palekar is the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief ministerial candidate for Goa, party leader and Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced today.

Mr. Palekar hails from the OBC Bhandari community, which accounts for approximately 35 percent of Goa’s population. He has recently been in the news for his hunger strike to protest illegal construction work on a heritage site in Old Goa.

The 46-year-old, who joined the AAP in October, is the party’s nominee from the St. Cruz Assembly constituency, currently represented by the BJP.

Mr Kejriwal and Mr Palekar hugged after the announcement at an event in Panaji. AAP MLA Atishi was also in attendance.

“Goa wants a change and AAP has had a tremendous response in the coastal state. People are impressed with the governance model in Delhi,” said Mr. Kejriwal. He added that this time the party has given out tickets to fresh faces across the state.

Before revealing Mr Palekar’s name, Mr Kejriwal said the party had chosen an “honest man” to face its campaign in the coastal state. He also said they selected an individual known for her community welfare work.

“We had promised you that we would give you a (ministerial) face whose heart is in Goa and who will give his life for Goa, someone who takes everyone, regardless of their religion or caste, regardless of whether they are rich or poor, regardless of whether they stay in North Goa or South Goa,” he said.

“Considering the politics of Goa, the most important thing is that he is someone who is honest,” Mr Kejriwal said.

Mr Kejriwal said that although the Bhandari community accounts for about 35 percent of Goa’s population, there has only been one prime minister – Ravi Naik – among them for two and a half years.

He countered criticism that the party resorted to caste politics, saying they were only “correcting” other parties’ caste politics.

The AAP has announced that it will contest all 40 seats in the BJP-ruled state in the February 14 election. In addition to the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by Mamata Banerjee and the Shiv Sena are also taking part this time.

AAP’s announcement came a day after the party announced MP and senior leader Bhagwant Mann as its Punjab prime ministerial candidate, following a televoting campaign among voters.


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