Goa Vikas Party

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Goa Vikas Party
LeaderFrancisco Pacheco
PresidentViola Pacheco
FounderSitaram Bandodkar
HeadquartersPorvorim, Goa[1]
ECI StatusRegistered Unrecognised Party[1]
AllianceUnited Progressive Alliance

The Goa Vikas Party (GVP) is a regional political party from Goa, India, was led by Francisco Pacheco.[2] The GVP was founded by late Sitaram Bandodkar,[3] and the current president is Francisco Pacheco's partner Viola Pacheco.[4][5] It was revived by Pacheco, who left the Nationalist Congress Party and joined the GVP ahead of the 2012 Goa Legislative Assembly election.[6] It is a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).[7] It is a part of the ruling coalition in Goa, the other members being the BJP and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party.[2] The GVP has two members in the Goa Legislative Assembly: Pacheco from Nuvem but he resigned[8] and Caetano Silva from Benaulim.[9]

Three daughters of Party founder Sitaram Bandodkar lodged a complaint in the Election Commission of India during the takeover of the party by Pacheco, alleging that they were not consulted during the revivification.[6] The GVP contested on nine seats and got 3.5 percent of the total votes in the 2012 Goa elections.[10] In November 2014, Pacheco was inducted as a minister in the state cabinet; the step was seen as a "thank you" to the GVP for its support to the BJP in the 2014 Indian general election.[2] However, Pacheco resigned from the post in April 2015 after getting convicted by the Supreme Court of India for assaulting a government official.[11][12] Caetano Silva raised his claim for the vacant ministerial berth,[13] and later termed the GVP as a "one-man political organisation", saying that he feels like an "independent member of the GVP".[14]


  1. ^ a b "Election Commission of India – Notification" (PDF). New Delhi: Election Commission of India. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Goa Vikas Party supremo to lend colour to new cabinet". The Times of India. Panaji. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Goa Vikas Party Announces Support To BJP-MGP Combine". Panaji: India TV. Press Trust of India. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Mickky opens offices at Loutulim, Nuvem". Margao: O Heraldo. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Mickky yet to contact Viola, buddies clueless". Paniji: O Heraldo. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Pacheco joins Goa Vikas Party". The Hindu. Panaji. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  7. ^ Farooqui, Adnan; Sridharan, E. (2014). "Is the Coalition Era over in Indian Politics?". The Round Table. 103 (6): 557–569. doi:10.1080/00358533.2014.988457. S2CID 45772661.
  8. ^ "Eye on Nuvem ticket, Mickky joins Cong | Goa News - Times of India". The Times of India. TNN. 15 August 2021. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Sixth Legislative Assembly of the State of Goa". goavidhansabha.gov.in. Goa Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Statistical Report on General election, 2012 to the legislative assembly of Goa" (PDF). Election Commission of India. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Goa Guv Accepts Pacheco's Resignation". Www.outlookindia.com. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  12. ^ ANI (3 April 2015). "Convicted Goa Minister Mickky Pacheco resigns from state cabinet". Business Standard India. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  13. ^ "Caitu stakes claim for ministerial berth". Margao: O Heraldo. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Missing an agenda and purpose of being". O Heraldo. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.