Panaji, February 2: With the Aam Aadmi Party rising consistently ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, a lot of attention is being placed on the Party’s Chief Ministerial candidate, Elvis Gomes. While, Gomes is new to the position, he is notably also new to the Aam aadmi Party.
Gomes was induced into the AAP by Delhi’s deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on the 5th of October 2016, merely ten days after quitting as the Inspector General of Prisons in Goa. Gomes has spent an extensive amount of his career serving in the Goa Civil Services. Decaring Gomes as the party’s chief ministerial candidate, national Convener for AAP, Arvind Kejriwal had said, ” There is a gem amongst these candidates. His name is Elvis Gomes. He has spent 20 years in Goa administration. If he wanted he could have made crores. He has spent time in very senior positions but hasn’t made a penny. He is a real honest officer. I am not saying this… it is the people who are saying this. He is respected and loved by people from all religions.”
Kejriwal also added, “He also knows details and the loopholes of Goa administration. He understands the governance, culture. He is a man of the soil. To save Goa and its culture, he left his job and is sitting amongst you all. I propose Elvis Gomes as the next chief minister of Goa. The people of Goa have supported him and the fight is to save Goa.”
Here is Elvis Gomes’ complete profile:
1. Elvis P Gomes was born on the 1st of January, 1963. He was born into a middle class family and completed his education from government institutions in Goa.
2. After completing his educations, Elvis Gomes, decided to join the state bureaucracy. He obtained the second rank in the Goa state public service commission exam. His rank and dedicated work ensured that he served in all facets of the Goan administration.a
3. His work in Goa’s administration included stints in multiple departments. Besides retiring as the Inspector Genera of prisons, Gomes has also served as director of urban development, director of municipal administration and tourism, chairperson of Goa Housing Board, commissioner of the municipal corporation of Panjim, and Captain of Ports. Gomes even got elected as the president of the Goa Football Association.
4. Gomes faced troubles with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state. While Gomes was the second senior-most person in the service, he was superseded by 2 juniors in a list sent to the Union Public Service Commission. The list was meant for selecting candidates for induction into central service from the states. (ALSO READ: AAP candidate list 2017 Goa Assembly elections: View full list of AAP candidates contesting for 40 seats)
5. Displeased with the government’s dishonour towards seniority, Gomes decided to move the Bombay High Court. In July 2016, the High Court ruled that he was indeed treated unfairly and it discarded the list prepared by the state government. In September this year, the Supreme Court stayed the high court’s verdict and is hearing the matter. However, Gomes decided that no matter the outcome, civil service was not for him. He resigned from the state’s civil service on 27 September 2016.
6.Displeased with Gomes’ work, Goa’s anti-corruption bureau filed a FIR against him for alleged irregularities during the time he served in the Goa Housing Board. The allegation was so shocking that even Goa’s deputy chief minister Francis D’Souza, said that Gomes was “politically victimised”.
6. Both incidents are known to have propelled him towards politics. In a statement, he is known to have said, “I have seen this administration very closely for over 19 years, where I have noticed that lots of injustice has been done to bureaucrats. We have no idea as to whom they wanted to please and why at the cost of people. The current state government is completely collapsed with corruption.” He then added in an interview to The Goan Everyday, “something happened to me, where a grave injustice was committed and that too very brazenly as if it could be done just like that to anybody. Then I realised if these things can happen to me, having worked at the highest level and for so many years, then it can happen to anybody else.”
7. Gomes will be contesting the Goa Assembly elections from the Cuncolim constituency in South Goa. One of his key campaign promises has been that if AAP comes to power, his party will recover Rs 36,000 crore by putting the corrupt miners behind the bars.
The voting for the Goa Assembly Election 2017 will be held in a single phase. While the voting will happen on February 4th, the counting of votes and results will be declared on the 11th of March.