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Alemao family lead Family Raj at Feb 14 elections in Goa as three eye places in 40

7 families will control 15 constituencies in Goa

He was referring to the Mr and Mrs Rane, Mr and Mrs Monseratte, Mr and Mrs Kavlekar, Mr and Mrs Kandolkar, Mr and Mrs Lobo, who will be contesting the Valentine day elections on different party symbols in the coastal state of India.

Assembly elections in Goa are becoming increasingly dynastic with political parties promoting family raj.

Can Goans afford to have ‘family fiefdoms’ dominating the politics of this tiny State? Will not dynastic politics cause the destruction of democracy? Can we allow politics of family raj to become a lucrative business of loot and let loot under the garb of the winnability factor? These family raj members make false promises before elections and ‘amass wealth’ for themselves with impunity once elections are over

Here’s what the lists look like: Bharatiya Janata Party has two couples in its list, Congress has one, Trinamul Congress has a couple and a father-daughter combination. There are two brothers Sudhn and Deepak Dhavalikar on the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party list of candidates.

For the records, Trinamool Congress (TMC) has given tickets to Mr Kiran and Mrs Kandolkar and gone ahead to extend the family raj in South Goa with Churchill Alemao in Benaulim and daughter Valanka in Navelim.

The Alemao family Raj extends to Congress, with Valanka’s cousin and Churchill’s nephew Yuri Alemao getting a Congress ticket from Cuncolim. The Congress too has been touched by family raj with newly inducted Micheal Lobo and his wife Delilah Lobo getting the Calangute and Siolim nominations.

Family Raj was bad history for Congress in 2012 elections when it had been reduced to single digits in the 40-member Assembly. Congress had promoted four families in the last elections – Rane, Monserrate (Atanasio and Jennifer), Alemao (Churchill, Valanka, Joaquim and Yuri in the NCP) and Naik (Ravi and Roy). While Rane and Monserrate managed to win, the Alemao and Naik families faced defeats.

In the 2012 Assembly elections 33 percent of Congress tickets were given to the kin of then sitting MLA.

Four tickets among two political husbands and wives is unprecedented in BJP; Daughter in law Divya to lock horns with Father-in-law Pratapsingh Rane in Poriem. It will be a family show for the BJP in Tiswadi and Satarri with husbands and wives of two families, the Rane’s and the Monserrate’s getting BJP tickets.

Both the Monserrate’s are sitting MLAs and so is Vishwajit Rane who will contest from Valpoi. But Junior Rane has managed to run his writ by getting a ticket for his political novice wife Divya Rane against his own father, which was recently given a lifetime cabinet status by the Pramod Sawant government.

A third couple could have been added to this homely list had Savitri Kavlekar, the wife of Deputy Chief Minister Babu Kavlekar been awarded the ticket. She subsequently resigned and will contest as an independent from Sanguem, against a BJP candidate.

Aam Aadmi Party has hit out at the politics of family raj Siddesh Bhagat said. “Decision will not be taken in the assembly but in the kitchens, he remarked. Politics have become a family business. He also said wives take credit for what husbands have done without stepping onto the ground.”

Adding another dimension to the family raj is the interesting contest between Aunty and Nephew in Cortalim.

Widow of former MLA, Mathany Saldhana, who earlier resigned as BJP and joined APP and who stepped into a political role after the death of her husband will take on his nephew Olencio Simoes on a Congress ticket on a nephew in another constituency.

Interestingly, last time around Simoes had contested on an AAP ticket and lost to aunt Saldhana, who was with BJP.

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