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. 1.0 1.1 "Election Commission of India – Notification" (PDF). New Delhi: Election Commission of India. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "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. 6.0 6.1 "Pacheco joins Goa Vikas Party". The Hindu. Panaji. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  7. Adnan Farooqui & E. Sridharan (2014): Is the Coalition Era Over in Indian Politics?, The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  8. Aug 15, TNN /; 2021; Ist, 04:26. "Eye on Nuvem ticket, Mickky joins Cong | Goa News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 September 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  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.