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Churchill Braz Alemao
4th Chief Minister of Goa
In office
27 March 1990 – 14 April 1990
GovernorGopal Singh
Preceded byPratapsingh Rane
Succeeded byLuis Proto Barbosa
ConstituencyNavelim
Member of Parliament
Lok Sabha
In office
2004–2007
Preceded byRamakant Angle
Succeeded byFrancisco Sardinha
ConstituencySouth Goa
In office
1996–1998
Preceded byEduardo Faleiro
Succeeded byFrancisco Sardinha
ConstituencySouth Goa
Member of the Goa Legislative Assembly
In office
2017–2022
Preceded byCaetano Silva
Succeeded byVenzy Viegas
ConstituencyBenaulim
In office
2007–2012
Preceded byLuizinho Faleiro
Succeeded byAvertano Furtado
ConstituencyNavelim
In office
1999–2002
Preceded byJoaquim Alemao
Succeeded byFrancisco Pacheco
ConstituencyBenaulim
In office
1989–1996
Preceded byFrancisco Monte Cruz
Succeeded byJoaquim Alemao
ConstituencyBenaulim
Personal details
Born (1949-05-16) 16 May 1949 (age 73)
Carmona, Goa, Portuguese India (Present day Carmona, Goa, India)
Political partyAll India Trinamool Congress
Spouse(s)Fatima Fernandes Alemao
Children1 son (Savio Valen Alemao) and 5 daughters (Valanka Alemao, Sharon Alemao, Aninha Alemao, Sara Anina Alemao, Wanda Alemao)
RelativesCiabro Alemao, Late. Alvernaz Alemao, Roosevelt Alemao, Joaqium Alemao, Kennedy Alemao (all brothers)
Residence(s)Varca
As of 25 February, 2006

Churchill Braz Alemao (born 16 May 1949) is a former Chief Minister and former MP of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He was MLA of Benaulim constituency in the state of Goa.

Political career

Alemao was chief minister of Goa for a brief period in the early 1990s, and later became an MP representing the South Goa (Lok Sabha constituency) from 1996 to 1998.[1]

Founding United Goans Democratic Party

Alemao founded the United Goans Democratic Party as an spinoff of the United Goans Party.

Congress days

In the late 1980s, Alemao quit the United Goans Democratic Party and joined the Indian National Congress. He became Chief Minister for a 18 days as part of the Progressive Democratic Front led by Congress. He had to resign due to an internal split in the party. After that Luis Proto Barbosa became chief minister. Later, Alemao became an MP as Congress leader.

Save Goa Front

In March 2007, Alemao quit Congress and formed a regional party, the Save Goa Front. The party contested 17 seats and won 2, including his seat and Aleixo Lourenco's. After the election, no party won a majority and the Save Goa Front joined the Congress-led alliance to form a government.

Return to Congress

In January 2008, Alemao merged the Save Goa Front with Congress. He continued as an MLA and Minister in Goa during this period.

March 2012 elections

In the March 2012 elections to the Legislative Assembly of Goa, Alemao lost to independent candidate Avertano Furtado by a margin of over 2000 votes.[2] His brother Joaqium Alemao, who was then Minister in the Government of Goa, also lost as he could not retain his Cuncolim constituency.[2] Churchill Alemao's daughter Valanka and Joaquim's son Yuri also lost the 2012 elections.[3] All four candidates from the Alemao family suffered defeat.[4][3] Churchill Alemao later blamed the then Chief Minister of Goa, Digambar Kamat and the Electronic Voting Machines for his defeat.[3]

Entry into the All India Trinamool Congress

In 2014, after his daughter Valanka Alemao was denied candidature by the Indian National Congress party in the elections to the 16th Lok Sabha from the South Goa, Alemao resigned from the Indian National Congress and announced that he would contest the polls as an independent candidate.[5][6]

Two days later, Alemao joined the All India Trinamool Congress and was formally inducted in the party by Madan Mitra, a Minister of State in the Government of West Bengal. He contested the elections to the 16th Lok Sabha from the South Goa (Lok Sabha constituency) as a candidate of the All India Trinamool Congress and was defeated by Narendra Keshav Sawaikar of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Alemao polled 11,941[7] votes in these elections.[8][9]

Joining Nationalist Congress Party

On 17 October 2016 Alemao joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and declared his intent to contest the election on the NCP ticket. He won the Benaulim seat in 2017 Goa Legislative Assembly election.

Return to AITC

Alemao again joined AITC on 13 December 2021.[10][11]

Football

The football team Churchill Brothers, which is currently competing in I-League, is owned by Alemao's family.[12] His daughter Valanka Alemao is current CEO of the club.[13]

References

  1. ^ "Berger bribery scam: Former Goa CM Churchill Alemao's bail plea rejected". Times of India. Archived from the original on 20 August 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "India Samachar | News from India | NRI News | Hindi, English Samachar". Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Goa minister Churchill Alemao blames CM for his defeat". Business Standard. Press Trust of India. 8 March 2012. Archived from the original on 1 September 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  4. ^ "BJP sweeps Goa, Parrikar front runner to become Chief Minister". Ndtv.com. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  5. ^ Kamat, Prakash (22 March 2014). "Senior Goa Congress leader Churchill Alemao resigns". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Churchill joins Trinamool to contest South". Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Sawaikar overcomes all odds to bag S Goa LS seat". Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Herald". Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Ex-Goa CM Churchill Alemao joins TMC". Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Goa: NCP's Churchill Alemao Announces Merger With TMC". Outlook India. 13 December 2021. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  11. ^ "Churchill Alemao, sole NCP MLA in Goa, joins Trinamool on Mamata Banerjee's visit to state". The Print. 13 December 2021. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  12. ^ "Management - football". Archived from the original on 17 September 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Foreign players should not outnumber Indian players in the league– Churchill Brothers CEO Valanka Alemao". Khelnow.com. Retrieved 24 March 2021.