GOA: The Aam Aadmi Party appointed lawyer Amit Palekar as the president of its Goa unit. Goa Formal CM Palekar, also a candidate in the Assembly elections held in February, is a leader from the Bhandari (OBC) community that accounts for the majority of the Hindus in Goa. He contested the recent election from the St Cruz assembly constituency but lost.
Party’s two MLAs — Venzy Viegas and Cruz Silva — who made an entry into the Goa Legislative Assembly for the first time have both been named as working presidents of the state unit. Viegas, a seafarer, was a giant slayer in Benaulim where he defeated former CM and five-time MLA Churchill Alemao; while Silva, an engineer, emerged as a dark horse in the Velim Assembly constituency.
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