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Trinamool Congress nominates former Goa CM Faleiro to Rajya Sabha

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Former chief minister of Goa and newly appointed national vice-president of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), Luizinho Faleiro, was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the party on Saturday. Goa will vote to elect a new government in assembly polls scheduled early next year.

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Announcing the decision via a tweet from the party’s official handle, the Mamata Banerjee-led party wrote: “We are extremely pleased to nominate @luizinhofaleiro to the Upper House of the Parliament. We are confident that his efforts towards serving the nation shall be appreciated widely by our people!”

“We are extremely pleased to nominate @luizinhofaleiro to the Upper House of the Parliament,” the party said.

“The party has done what it had promised by giving a stronger representation to Goa at the national level,” the party said in a statement.

Faleiro was long rumoured to have been offered a Rajya Sabha seat in exchange for him shifting allegiances from the Congress to the Trinamool Congress. He had quit the Congress and also resigned as an MLA on September 29 before joining the TMC. The former two-time chief minister of Goa, who occupied the top post only for a total of nine months across his two terms, was initially tight-lipped about the shift.

“In a political career spanning over four decades, former Goa CM Luizinho Faleiro has worked ardently towards the development of people. We have full faith that under his able guidance, AITC will reach greater heights and continue the fight to protect every Indian citizen’s democratic rights,” the TMC had said in statement at the time of his joining.

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Faleiro represented the Navelim constituency continuously from 1979 till 2007 when he was defeated by Churchill Alemão of the Save Goa Front, who is presently a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA from the neighbouring Benaulim constituency.

He was re-elected after a ten-year gap in 2017. Faleiro also served as the president of the Goa Pradesh Congress committee and was appointed the AICC in charge of several north eastern states including Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.

The TMC, as part of its national expansion plan, has jumped into the electoral battle in Goa and has decided to contest the election scheduled early next year on its own. The party has named its campaign for the 2022 polls in Goa, ‘Goenchi Navi Sakal’ (Goa’s New Dawn), and has pressed in leaders like Derek O’Brien, Babul Supriyo and Sougata Roy to strengthen the organisation.

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