Former minister and speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly, Surendra Sirsat has been appointed as the new President of the Goa unit of Nationalist Congress Party by the party president Sharad Pawar.
Sirsat who cut his political teeth with Goa’s oldest regional party – the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party – was first elected to the Goa Legislative Assembly in 1977 and was returned to the House at the next two elections as the MGP candidate.
He also headed the MGP and after he quit it, was nominated the president of Janata Party for a brief period after which he joined the NCP and was its senior vice president.
The post of president fell vacant after Jose Philip D’Souza resigned due to his growing differences with party MLA Micky Pacheco which hit an all time low when the two got into a physical fight at Vasco during the civic polls.
Although Jose Philip had suggested that Micky Pacheco be made the new president, his suggestion did not find favour with the party hierarchy due to the fact that Micky Pacheco has too many cases pending against him including the abetment of suicide of his ‘friend’ Nadia Torrado and alleged involvement in money laundering and trafficking in USA.