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BJP legislator Michael Lobo elected as deputy speaker of Goa assembly

BJP Legislator Michael Lobo has been elected as the new Deputy speaker of the Goa assembly, defeating Congress nominee Izidore Fernandes by 21-15.

Mar 24, 2017 18:14 IST
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 Goa Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo, a BJP legislator was elected as the Deputy speaker of the Goa Assembly on 24 March 2017.

Lobo, who is a two-time MLA from Goa’s Calangute constituency, defeated the Congress nominee Izidore Fernandes by 21-15 during the final day of the state’s Budget session.

Key Highlights

• While one Congress MLA Churchill Alemao refrained from voting, another Fransisco Silveira reached late to the House.

• Speaker Pramod Sawant also did not vote.

• The state has a 40 member house and one of the MLA’s resigned just days after the assembly poll results were announced.

• Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar after congratulating Lobo on his win escorted him to his chair.

• Chandrakant Kavlekar, the leader of opposition (INC) and a three-time assembly member also congratulated Lobo on his win.

In his victory speech, Lobo showed staunch support for the Chief Minister and stated that he will always be with him due to Parrikar’s vision for Goa.

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About Michael Lobo

• Born on 18 June 1976 in Mapusa, Goa, Lobo is an Indian businessperson and politician.

• He defeated incumbent Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calangute constituency, Agnelo Nicholas Fernandes in 2012 state assembly elections.

• He became a member of the Sixth Legislative Assembly of the State of Goa on 7 March 2012.

• Besides this, he is Chairman of the North Goa Planning and Development Authority and a member of different committees in the Government of Goa.

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