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Goa election: AAP names Amit Palekar as its chief ministerial candidate

By | Written by Kunal Gaurav
Jan 19, 2022 12:15 PM IST

Goa election 2022: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) failed to win a single seat in the 2017 assembly elections despite running an ambitious campaign.

The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday named Amit Palekar as its chief ministerial candidate for upcoming assembly elections in Goa. Palekar, a noted lawyer and social worker, hails from the OBC Bhandari community.

Goa election 2022: AAP CM candidate Advocate Amit Palekar.
Goa election 2022: AAP CM candidate Advocate Amit Palekar.

AAP national convenor national Arvind Kejriwal made the announcement during a press briefing in Panaji, Goa. Kejriwal said that the party will be contesting all the 40 Assembly seats in Goa. AAP failed to win a single seat in the 2017 elections despite running an ambitious campaign, pitching 39 candidates for a 40-seat strong assembly. 

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After the announcement, Palekar promised a corruption-free Goa, saying the party will help get back the lost glory of the state. “I'll keep every word that I've said. That's a guarantee,” he added.

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday asserted that the contest in Goa assembly elections is between Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party in the poll-bound state. In his assessment, Chidambaram said, the AAP and the Trinamool Congress will only "fracture" the non-BJP vote as has been "confirmed" by Kejriwal.

"Those who want a regime change (after 10 years of misrule) will vote for the Congress. Those who want the regime to continue will vote for the BJP," Chidambaram said in a series of tweets.

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Hitting back at Chidambaram, Kejriwal said people of Goa will vote where they see hope and "Congress is hope for BJP, not Goans".

The Delhi chief minister recently held a door-to-door campaign in Cortalim village of Goa. Kejriwal, who was the star campaigner for AAP last time, was seen interacting with voters in Cortalim.

Goa will go to the polls on February 14 and the counting of votes will take place on March 10.

AAP has already announced its chief ministerial candidate for the assembly elections in Punjab and Uttarakhand.

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