The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday chose Elvis Gomes as its chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Goa Assembly polls. The Aam Aadmi Party is actively campigning in the coastal state and has already announced 30 out of the 40 candidates for the 2017 elections.
— Aam Aadmi Party Goa (@AAPGoa) December 19, 2016
Here is what all you need to know about the AAP chief minsiterial candidate.
Who is Elvis Gomes?
The 53-year-old Elvis Gomes is a former bureaucrat, belonging to the Goa Civil Service, who was serving as the inspector General of Prisons, with the additional charge of Urban Development department, when he took voluntary retirement in July this year.Presently, he is also the president of the Goa Football Association.
What is his bureaucratic experience?
Before opting for voluntary retirement, he had also served as director of Municipal Administration and Tourism, chairperson of Goa Housing Board, commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Panjim, and Captain of Ports. He was expected to be inducted into the IAS in 2017, Herald, a Goa-based newspaper reported.
From which Assembly seat is he contensting from?
Gomes will be contesting from South Goa's Cuncolim seat, which is currently held by Subhash Naik of the BJP.
Why did he choose to resign from government service?
The career bureaucrat resigned from government service in July 2016 after alleging victimisation by the ruling BJP government, Hindustan Times reported.
What is the corruption allegation against Gomes?
Media reports in July stated that the reason behind Gomes' resignation might be the recent FIR against him and former state tourism minister Nilkanth Halarnkar in the Housing Board controversy. Both are accused of converting land by acquiring it and handing it back to the original owner, between 2007 and 2011.
With inputs from PTI
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Updated Date: Dec 20, 2016 11:46:03 IST