Speculation ran riot on Tuesday morning as the local newspapers were flooded with advertisements wishing Yuri Alemao, son of Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao on his 25th birthday.
Given the fact that the Cuncolim Municipal Council, and the three major villages of Cavorim-Chandor, Guirdolim and Paroda that constitute the new Cuncolim Assembly constituency had placed advertisements wishing Yuri gave rise to speculation that he will be the next candidate from the Cuncolim constituency.
In fact, various prominent people from the constituency including former South Goa Zilla Parishad chairman Clafasio Dias and his wife Seema Dias who is the present Zilla Parishad member representing Guirdolim constituency, also inserted advertisements.
Besides, the prominent sports clubs from the constituency – Union Club from Cuncolim, Chandor Sports Club and Guirdolim Sports Club – further strengthens the possibility of Yuri’s candidature.
Significantly, many of the advertisements spoke about the “social work” done by Yuri Alemao and also referred to him as “dynamic future leader” giving cause for the speculation, which was further fuelled by the fact that Yuri was seen quite actively involved in the municipal elections at Cuncolim and also negotiating with the elected councillors.
The story doing the rounds is that while Yuri will stake a claim for the Congress ticket from Cuncolim, Joaquim will shift base to Sanguem where his supporters have taken control of the municipal council at the recently held municipal elections and the front runner for the Congress ticket Minguelin has suffered a humiliating defeat.
If this game plan works, the Alemao family will end up staking claim for four Congress tickets – Churchill Alemao for Navelim, Valanka Alemao for Benaulim, Joaquim Alemao for Sanguem and Yuri Alemao for Cuncolim.