Michael Lobo (politician)

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Michael Lobo
Member of the Goa Legislative Assembly
for Calangute
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 March 2012 (2012-03-07)
Preceded by Agnelo Nicholas Fernandes
Personal details
Born Michael Vincent Lobo
(1976-06-18) 18 June 1976 (age 38)
Mapusa, Goa, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Sancha Delilah Lobo
Children Two children
Parents Melchiades Vincent Lobo,
Almira Lobo
Occupation Businessperson, politician
Committees Estimates, Budget
Religion Roman Catholic

Michael Vincent Lobo (born 18 June 1976) is an Indian businessperson and politician from Goa state. Born in Mapusa, Goa, Lobo is a Roman Catholic. He is a member of main opposition party in the Indian Parliament and ruling party in Goa Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In the 2012 state assembly election, he defeated incumbent Member of the Goa Legislative Assembly for Calangute Vidhan Sabha Constituency Agnelo Nicholas Fernandes and became a member of the Sixth Legislative Assembly of the State of Goa on 7 March 2012.

Lobo is the chairman of the North Goa Planning and Development Authority and a member of different committees in the Government of Goa. He opposed the opening of India's first Playboy club in Candolim. He is married to Sancha Delilah Lobo, who is the sarpanch of Parra village.

Early life[edit]

Michael Vincent Lobo was born on 18 June 1976 to Melchiades Vincent Lobo and Almira Lobo in Mapusa town, North Goa. He obtained a Higher Secondary School Certificate (twelfth grade) in 1993.[1] He is a Roman Catholic.[2]

Political career[edit]

Lobo is a member of one of the two major political parties in India, the Bharatiya Janata Party. The party is the ruling party in Goa. He is a president of North Goa BJP.[3]

Lobo contested on the BJP ticket from Calangute Vidhan Sabha constituency (constituency number eight) in the 2012 Goa legislative assembly election. According to his statement of expenditure on election, he spent over INR400000 (US$6,300) of his own money on his campaign.[4] He received a total of 9,891 votes out of 17,751 polled votes, and won against the Indian National Congress candidate and incumbent MLA for Calangute Agnelo Nicholas Fernandes by 1,875 votes.[5][6] He became a member of the Sixth Legislative Assembly of the State of Goa when it was constituted on 7 March 2012.[1]

[The Department of Tourism is] saying the owner of the plot has applied for a private shack license. I've been asking to see the file for the last seven months. Now, they're saying the owner has given an affidavit that no vulgarity or nudity will be permitted there, but Playboy means 'entertainment for men' by scantily-clad women.

Michael Lobo on a proposed Playboy club

He is the chairman of the North Goa Planning and Development Authority since 24 May 2012; the authority has jurisdiction over state capital Panaji and Mapusa.[1][7] In April 2013, he vehemently opposed the proposal for opening India's first Playboy Club at Candolim Beach, Candolim, and said the proposal was "tantamount to promoting prostitution".[8][9] He declared his intention to go on a hunger strike to protest against the government if it went ahead with the proposal and allowed the Playboy club.[10] The government withdrew its permission under intense opposition from different sectors of the community including sarpanchas, social activists, women's groups and members of the ruling party itself.[8][9]

He campaigned for the party's candidates in Mangalore during the 2013 Karnataka legislative assembly election in April and May 2013, and met the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mangalore Aloysius Paul D'Souza for his endorsement.[2] He is a member of Estimates Committee and Budget Committee in the Government of Goa since 8 August 2013.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Michael Lobo is married to Sancha Delilah Lobo, and together they have two children.[1] Delilah is the sarpanch of Parra village.[3] Lobo and his wife are in possession of properties and pecuniary resources in the form of cash at hand, money in banks, National Savings Scheme and postal savings, land, jewels, insurance and properties worth about INR200 million (US$3.1 million) as in 2012, based on information furnished by Lobo in the affidavit submitted by him while filing his nomination for the 2012 state assembly election.[12] His interests include music, dancing and swimming.[1] He resides in Bhati Wado, Parra village, Bardez.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Members – Michael Vincent Lobo" (PDF). Goavidhansabha.gov.in. Goa Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "BJP ropes in Goan Christian MLAs". The Times of India (Mangalore). Times News Network. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Nigerians in Goa feel the heat after police action". Business Standard (Panaji). Press Trust of India. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Abstract Statement of Expenditure on Election – Michael Lobo". Myneta.info. Association for Democratic Reforms. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Statistical Report on General Election, 2012 to the Legislative Assembly of Goa – List of Successful Candidates" (PDF). Eci.nic.in. Election Commission of India. p. 6. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Statistical Report on General Election, 2007 to the Legislative Assembly of Goa – List of Successful Candidates" (PDF). Eci.nic.in. Election Commission of India. p. 7. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "MLAs Lobo, Rajan Naik to head planning and development authorities". The Times of India (Panaji). Times News Network. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "No joy for Playboy, protests pour in". The Times of India (Candolim). Times News Network. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Goa refuses permission to open India's first Playboy club on Candolim beach". India Today. Associated Press. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Playboy's Goa plan faces opposition from BJP MLA". The Hindu (Panaji). Press Trust of India. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Members – Michael Lobo – Committees". Goavidhansabha.gov.in. Goa Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Candidate – Michael Lobo". Myneta.info. Association for Democratic Reforms. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Michael Lobo at myneta.info
  • www.michaellobo.in and www.facebook.com/michaellobomla