The Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced Amit Palekar as its chief ministerial candidate ahead of the Goa Assembly elections slated to take place next month. The 46-year old lawyer who only recently joined the party is being fielded as AAP’s candidate from the St Cruz constituency currently occupied by a BJP.
Kejriwal said it chose an “honest man”. “We promised to give Goa a chief ministerial candidate whose heart beats for Goa and who is willing to give his life for Goa. Amit Palekar is the one who is ready to even give his life to Goa. He is an honest man,” said Kejriwal.
On Wednesday, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal said, “Goa wants a change and AAP has been getting tremendous response in the coastal state. People are impressed with the Delhi model of governance.”
the party was not afraid to give electoral tickets to newcomers with conviction, Kejriwal said, “Palekar is the one who is ready to even give his life for Goa.”
His efforts were praised by Delhi CM Kejriwal who tweeted, “Really proud of you Amit for standing against those who are trying to destroy Goa. You are risking your life to save Old Goa. I’ll pray for you and thousands of other people who are fighting to save the Old Goa heritage site.” The strike proved to be successful with the local panchayat eventually revoking all construction permits granted.
Voting across all 40 seats in the BJP-ruled state will begin on 14 Feb. The state is expected to witness a multi-polar contest this time around with the ruling BJP facing challengers in the form of the Congress, Mamata Banerjee-led TMC, the Shiv-Sena-NCP combine and AAP.
AAP has already announced it will contest all 40 seats in Goa, which will go to the polls on February 14. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.
As a lawyer, Palekar handled several cases, including defending former minister Francisco “Mickky” Pacheco, who was on the run from the police in connection with the death of his family friend Nadia Joelle Torrado, who died by suicide in 2010. More recently, Palekar represented liquor license holders, who were battling the Supreme Court’s order banning the sale of liquor in the vicinity of national highways. Last year in May, He also represented one of the parties demanding better healthcare facilities during the rising of the second Covid-19 wave in Goa.